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Transport minister condemns Nyanga violence

Eleven Golden Arrows bus drivers were assaulted during the a protest in the township yesterday.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has condemned the recent violence in Nyanga in which several Golden Arrow buses were set alight.

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 minister's office has osme harsh words for those behind yesterday's unrest.

The department's Tiyani Rikhotso says, "We believe that it's not wise and that it's actually barbaric when they are aggrieved about something to damage property."

Peters urged taxi associations to find a more permanent solution to the problem and to be mindful of the safety of commuters.

Meanwhile, Golden Arrow says normal bus services have resumed in Nyanga.

Golden Arrow says it doesn't expect any further problems, but it is monitoring the situation closely.

JOINT FORUM TO TACKLE VIOLENT TAXI PROTESTS

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

The 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".