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Santaco denies gangsters are threatening taxi drivers

But taxi drivers claim attacks and threats from gangsters are impacting negatively on the industry.

FILE: Cape Town mini-bus taxi rank. Picture: Chad Roberts/Primedia

CAPE TOWN - South African National Taxi Association (Santaco)'s Sipho Maseti on Monday denied that gangsters are demanding protection fees from taxi drivers so that commuters are not robbed or attacked on the City of Cape Town's busiest taxi routes during the festive season.

According to the Cape Argus, the increase in robberies against taxi drivers and commuters is caused by taxi drivers refusing to give in to the demands of gangsters.

City authorities have not taken any action against the robberies and attacks because taxi drivers don't report them to the police.

Taxi drivers have shared their concerns about how the attacks and threats from gangsters are impacting negatively on the industry.

Maseti says the association is not aware of any threats members have been receiving.

"No one has come with a complaint to our office."

He says if taxis are attacked, the link between the taxi driver and the gangster must be assessed before pointing any fingers.