Joint forum to tackle violent taxi protests

The forum was established at a special meeting spearheaded by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

Torched Golden Arrow buses in Nyanga, Cape Town on Monday, 1 September 2014. It's believed to be related to protesting taxi drivers. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town and taxi associations have established a new joint forum to address violent protests in the taxi industry.

Violence broke out in Nyanga yesterday which saw Golden Arrow buses being torched and MyCiTi vehicles stoned.

Golden Arrow said 11 of its bus drivers were assaulted during the early morning service delivery protest in the Township.

A 39-year-old taxi driver was shot dead during the mayhem.

There is still no clear indication what the cause of the protest was but it's believed to be linked to a taxi strike.

The new joint forum was established at a special meeting earlier today, which was spearheaded by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille.

Taxi associations like the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations, the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association and the South African National Taxi Council all agreed the establishment of the forum is of the utmost importance.

The forum aims to serve as a platform where all taxi associations can debate and discuss their grievances.

De Lille has described yesterday's violence as a "coordinated attack which aims to make the city ungovernable".

At the same time, the Nyanga Community Police Forum says the area has been quiet since yesterday.

The forum's Martin Makhasi says taxis in the area are operating as normal.

"We are concerned about yesterday's violence. We aren't sure what is going to happen moving forward because the biggest challenge we are sitting with is we aren't clear what informed the action yesterday."