Vrygrond local ‘terrified’ by taxi violence

At least seven people were shot dead in communities along Prince George Drive since the weekend.

FILE: At least seven people were shot dead in communities along Prince George Drive since the weekend. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Vrygrond residents on Friday said they are terrified by the almost daily shootouts in the area.

The neighbourhood has suffered from gang warfare in the past.

More recently, taxi violence has flared up in the suburb.

At least s even people were shot dead in communities along Prince George Drive since the weekend.

One Vrygrond resident says she is living in fear.

"Now you can't walk freely because you never know when a bullet might hit you."

Rival taxi associations are shifting blame for the shootings.

Taxis are still operating but Western Cape transport authorities have called for peace and order in the area.

MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT

Additional law enforcement officials were deployed to Prince George Drive and Steenberg in a bid to prevent violence from flaring up again.

Furthermore, a transport union said bus drivers will consider withdrawing their services in certain areas in Cape Town's southern suburbs, unless a truce is called in the ongoing taxi war.

The Transport and Omnibus Workers Union (Towu) said its members were affected by the violence.