Taxi violence: Transport dept takes a stand

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

FILE: At least seven people were shot dead along Prince George drive in the past week.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says his department's number one priority is calming the tensions in some southern suburb communities affected by taxi violence.

Carlisle says there has been a lockdown in the Capricorn, Vrygrond and Muizenberg regions where taxi violence has become rife.

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

The incidents are alleged to be linked to an ongoing feud over routes between taxi associations in the area.

Additional law enforcement officials have been deployed to the parts of Steenberg affected the most.

Carlisle says the issue needs urgent attention

"We need to resolve it as quickly as possible. Not only do we have taxi employees who are at huge risk, we have children, elders, we have commuters and pedestrians who are at risk."

Meanwhile, a Retreat taxi driver says he is losing business.

He says he cannot operate in certain areas because he fears getting shot.

The taxi driver says he has lost two colleagues in the last week alone.

The City's Safety and Security Department says law enforcement agencies have conducted several patrols this week, enforcing transport compliance.

The City's JP Smith says, "We had a taxi operation planned for the week so we had what we call 'operation restore' where we focus on getting the taxi drivers to remember what the law says and what they are supposed to do."