53 arrested for violence during taxi strike in Nyanga

Shops were looted, tyres were set alight in the streets and cars were pelted with rocks.

 A MyCiTi bus was torched on the N2 highway on 18 September 2017 during a taxi strike in Cape Town. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Police have arrested 53 suspects in the Nyanga area in connection with violence related to a taxi strike.

Chaos broke out in communities across Cape Town on Monday.

Shops were looted, tyres were set alight in the streets and cars were pelted with rocks.

The police's Andre Traut said: “During yesterday’s taxi strike, police members were deployed in full force, especially in Nyanga where 53 suspects were arrested on various charges ranging from public violence, business robbery, looting of shops and malicious damage to property.”

A Fire and Rescue water tanker was also stoned in Nyanga.

Fire and Rescue's Theo Layne says such attacks have a direct impact on their ability to provide efficient and effective services.

“The staff was not injured but was traumatised. This is the fourth incident that happened during the course of the day where three other firefighting vehicles were stoned while responding to or from emergency incidents.”