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15 Oct 2015
9:52 am

Two shot dead in Cape Flats taxi-related protest


Two people were killed on Thursday morning in a spillover of taxi violence on the Cape Flats near Muizenberg, said the City of Cape Town .

Two men were killed on Thursday morning as protesting continued on the Cape Flats. Picture: ANA/ City of Cape Town

“At 5:50 am two occupants of a taxi were fatally shot at the corners of St. Patricks Way and St. Stephens Avenue in Seawinds,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith.

“The reason at this stage is unknown,” he said. The Western Cape Government Health also reported on the fatal shooting. Spokesperson, Robert Daniels said: “Taxi violence and random shootings caused the death of two adult males in Capricorn Village near Muizenburg this morning”.

Daniels added that a government Health Emergency Medical Services ambulance had been caught in the crossfire, requiring a police escort to exit the volatile area. On the second day of taxi-related violence in the Vrygrond/Capricorn/Seawinds area, Smith reported a group of roughly 500 protesters gathering in the area. He confirmed that the metro and national police, as well as traffic services, emergency services, and law enforcement were all on the scene.

The violence and protesting began on Wednesday when, according to Smith, taxi owners demanded the release of their impounded taxis. Prince George Drive was closed and then reopened when protest action moved to Capricorn Village.

A building in Burg Street, True North Consulting, was petrol bombed, but no casualties were reported. The City then, at about 4pm, reported that the situation in the Vrygrond area was peaceful.

However, the violence and protesting flared up again, and by 7am on Thursday, 25 people were arrested and detained for intimidation at the Steenberg police station.