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'Taxi violence must stop'

As the Delft community appeals for calm, five people have been killed due to taxi violence this week alone.

A man was killed en route from Khayelitsha to Delft on Thursday 4 October 2013 due to taxi violence between rival associations. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some Delft residents say taxi operations in the area have come to a virtual halt.

The community has been caught up in an ongoing violent taxi war over the last few months.

A splinter group from the Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta) and the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) are believed to be responsible.

It's alleged the so-called taxi war is over routes in the Delft area.

Five people have been shot and killed in separate incidents in less than a week.

Delft community leader Peter Presence says the violence must stop.

"No taxis are driving around, they're just standing still. People are getting hurt in the process."

Codeta's Andile Khanyi says decisive action is needed.

"They are illegal operators. We're not allowed to speak with them. Maybe, with intervention from the government, we'll be able to resolve their problem."

Codeta and Cata have joined forces to address the violence.

The two associations met on Wednesday to discuss the prevention of any further shootings.

There are reports some mini buses are being stoned and tyres are being slashed."

Khanyi says, "We don't like what's happening and we fully condemn any such violence.

Incidents of taxi violence have occurred in Delft, Parow, Khayelitsha and Elsies River.

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