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Taxi operators face probe after violent protest

Authorities have warned they will deal accordingly with those who torched buses in George.

Three of the 4 buses that were torched stand at the depot in George having been recovered. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some taxi operators in George could have their operating licenses cancelled after they were apparently implicated in violence that saw buses being set alight.

The Go George Bus Service in the Southern Cape was suspended this week after several of the public transport vehicles were torched in a feud relating to the town's bus rapid transit system.

It's alleged taxi operators affiliated with the Uncedo George Taxi Associatio n were behind the violent protests due to their opposition to the bus rapid transport system.

Western Cape Transport Department spokesperson Byron la Hoe says 14 operators are being probed at the moment.

"The entity has received information from the police linking certain vehicles owned by the members of the association to a protest action during which the roads were barricaded, buses set alight and CCTV cameras in police vehicles were damaged."

La Hoe adds the provincial regulatory entity will hold a hearings next month.

"Camera and video footage is currently being scrutinised to establish vehicle registration numbers and to identify offending operators. If found guilty of violating certain provisions of the code of conduct the association may either be suspended or deregistered."