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Cape taxi violence a growing concern

The violence has claimed a number of lives in several suburbs in the city.

FILE: Taxi violence has claimed a number of lives in several suburbs in Cape Town. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says its worried taxi violence in parts of Cape Town will undermine the city's entire public transport system.

The violence has claimed a number of lives in several suburbs in the south of the city.

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

At least seven people were gunned down along Prince George Drive last week.

The affected areas include Capricorn, Vrygrond, Steenberg and Muizenberg.

The chamber's Janine Mybergh says the sector is facing several challenges.

"We need to understand the problems and find solutions. It doesn't help to only see the negatives in terms of safety records and violence. We must also look at the positives and the potential of the industry and how it can better serve our people."