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Taxi drivers embark on violent protests in Cape Town

A group of disgruntled drivers have threatened to bring Montague Gardens to a standstill.

The crowd quickly disperses between shacks as protesters respond to approaching police in Montague Gardens by throwing stones. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN – Police reinforcements have been deployed to Joe Slovo, near Montague Gardens amid disruptive taxi protests. 

Disgruntled taxi operators have barricaded several roads and torched at least three cars in protest against new MyCiTi routes in the area. 

No arrests have yet been reported. 

The charred shells of three vehicles dot Democracy and Freedom Way and angry taxi drivers have vowed to shut down all public transport services in protests against the roll out of the MyCiTi Bus Service in the area.
Curious onlookers line the streets as police vehicles race through the local informal settlement.

Additional law enforcement and public order police have been called in to monitor the situation. 

Tension is mounting as taxi drivers threaten to bring the industrial area to a standstill.
Protesters have barricaded part of a main road with burning tyres and rubble and early this morning, a truck was also torched.
The drivers fear the introduction of MyCiTi Bus Services in the area will threaten their livelihood.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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