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De Lille: Nyanga violence is orchestrated

CT Mayor says the Nyanga violence is an organised attack aimed to make the city ungovernable.

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 TWON - Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille maintains Monday's violence in Nyanga was aimed at making the city ungovernable ahead of the 2016 elections.

The violence has, however been linked to a strike in the taxi industry.

Several Golden Arrow buses were torched and stoned.

De Lille insists the unrest was politically motivated.

"These were all orchestrated attacks that are politically motivated and it is a continuation of sustained campaign to make the City of Cape Town ungovernable."

She went on to challenge the African National Congress (ANC), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement to publically condemn Monday's violence, adding if they remain silent, then it will be proof that they condone it.

Ses'Khona however, has distanced itself from what happened in Nyanga.

But the ANC's Cobus Grobler says the DA-led municipality is playing the political blame game.

"Clearly they don't know what's going on. So which is it, is it politics or is it a problem?"

Earlier on Monday, the City of Cape Town bosses suspended its MyCiTi N2 express service to Khayelitsha.

This came after a MyCiTi bus was stopped at the Mew Way turnoff and forced passengers to disembark.

In a separate incident, a MyCiti bus en route to Cape Town was stoned near Borchards Quarry.

Golden Arrow told Eyewitness News 11 of its bus drivers were assaulted and several roads closed to traffic.

The bus service has since resumed its N2 express service.

At the same time, police have confirmed a 39-year-old taxi driver was shot dead at the Nyanga rank during the protest.

According to police, his firearm had also apparently been taken.

Police say the motive for the killing is unknown but they are investigating armed robbery and murder.