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Golden ArrowANA reports that the Golden Arrow Bus Service (Gabs) said on Tuesday that the taxi violence in Cape Town, which has forced the company to operate a limited number of buses, has affected approximately 100,000 of its commuters.

A Gabs bus driver was shot on Monday morning while transporting passengers along the N2 highway near Borcherds Quarry. The driver sustained a gunshot wound to his mouth. Gabs spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said the driver, who has been in service for six years, was in a stable condition. On Monday evening, commuters were left stranded as the bus drivers refused to get behind the wheel in fear for their lives. Cape Town is in the grip of a taxi war between rival “mother body” associations, specifically the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta). Dyke-Beyer advised Gabs, which had 1,100 buses, was currently running at approximately 40% capacity, with the most affected routes being Blue Downs, Mitchells Plain and Delft. “We are working closely with law enforcement, who are assisting us with escorts in areas of concern. What is needed most is for the authorities to find a lasting solution to the current crisis. Approximately 100,000 of our own passengers and thousands of others who were not able to make use of taxis and trains were affected,” she said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Robin-Lee Francke at Independent Media

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