CT taxi violence: Residents flee homes

At least seven people have been shot dead along Prince George drive in the past week.

Vrygrond residents said the unrest within the taxi industry forced them out of their homes and community. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The ongoing taxi conflict in Cape Town's southern suburbs has forced some Vrygrond residents to flee their homes.

At least seven people have been shot dead along Prince George drive between Retreat and Muizenberg in the past week.

The killings have been linked to a fight over taxi routes.

Some Vrygrond residents said the unrest within the taxi industry along forced them out of their homes and community.

Noeleen Tise, a mother of two, temporarily moved her family to Lotus River as she fears for their safety.

"You never know where and when the stray bullet will come from."

She added that the violence had a devastating effect on all residents, especially in communities in Steenberg, Capricorn Park and Vrygrond.

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 workers union said bus drivers would consider withdrawing their services in certain areas in Cape Town's southern suburbs, unless a truce was called in the ongoing taxi war.

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

Video: Taxi war.