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Delft protests against taxi violence

It's reported bus drivers in Delft have been threatened at gunpoint as a protest looms against taxi violence.

FILE: There is now a heavy police presence in Delft, which has been plagued by taxi violence. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - There is now a heavy police presence in Delft, which has been plagued by taxi violence.

The Delft Community Policing Forum's Reginald Maart said, "I drove past the place now and it was filled with police officers. The march was arranged by a community forum because people are sick and tired of the taxi violence."

Meanwhile, Golden Arrow bus services says some of its drivers were intimidated in the area this morning.

It's understood there are also very few taxis operating.

Golden Arrow's Bronwen Dyke says they're running a limited service around Delft.

"It's obviously a very sensitive matter, but there have been some threats made at gunpoint to our driver this morning. We have reported it to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the city police, but unfortunately there is still no police presence in the area."

Meanwhile, Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says law enforcement has been arranged to oversee today's march.

"What you are seeing is the just anger of the people. We are slowly reaching the end of this struggle with elements in Delft who are unlawful, irregular and criminal."

The Delft area has been at the centre of taxi violence for the past few weeks.

On Monday, the Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF) said three people were shot and wounded in what is believed to be an incident of taxi violence near the R300.

The shootings took place on AZ Berman Drive on Sunday night.

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