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Manenberg taxi drivers protest after female driver assaulted

The incident occurred when the driver refused to pay gang members a R100 fee to use a road in the area.

A man is moved to a police vehicle after members of Cape Town's Gang and Drug Taskforce arrested him for drug possession in Kalksteenfontein. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Several taxis in Manenberg are staging a protest following the assault of a female taxi driver yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred when the driver refused to pay gang members a R100 fee to use a road in the area.

Chairperson of the Manenberg Safety Forum, Roegshanda Pascoe says, "At the moment our situation regarding gang violence is fairly stabilised. The only problem that we are facing now is that the taxi drivers came together, demonstrating against the assault female taxi drivers yesterday.

Earlier this week, police arrested 33 suspects as they struggled to contain an outbreak of gang violence in Manenberg.

Among those taken into custody during the raids were four people who were found in possession of illegal weapons, ammunition and more than R19,000 at the home of an alleged gang boss.

The policing strategy in the area has come under review following running gun battles between rival gangs over turf.

Police say this latest wave of violence was triggered by a shoot-out between the 'Hard Livings' and 'Dixie Boys' over the Easter weekend.

WATCH: Cops blitz gang-ridden Manenberg

Additional reporting by Natalie Malgas & Shamiela Fisher

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