Taxi violence: CT police take a stand

Authorities say plans are in place to eradicate taxi violence in Vrygrond and surrounding areas.

Authorities say plans are in place to eradicate taxi violence in Vrygrond and surrounding areas. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Authorities say strategic plans have been put in place to clamp down on taxi violence gripping several suburbs in the South of Cape Town.

During a community meeting in Vrygrond on Sunday, police explained to concerned residents that they are stepping up their presence in the area.

Vrygrond is one of the areas that has been the scene of a string of fatal shootings, believed to be taxi related.

Several people have fallen victim and died as a result of the unrest.

Last week a random shooting in the area also affected teaching time.

But the police's Martin Swanepoel claims they've devised a plan that will see more officers on the beat.

"I do have extra deployments in the area. We have the metro police, the traffic department and from our local stations we're bringing in extra resources on a 24 hour basis."

The recent unrest is believed to be a result of taxi operators fighting over route s.

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