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WC Transport MEC reassures CT taxi commuters over safety

At least nine people have been shot and killed since Friday, of which four were taxi drivers. Three others were shot and wounded.

Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant has assured Cape Town commuters that taxi ranks will be open and operational on Monday.

This comes after a surge of taxi-related violence in various parts of the city over the weekend.

At least nine people have been shot and killed since Friday, of which four were taxi drivers. Three others were shot and wounded.

Police have made two arrests linked to the taxi-related shootings this weekend.

This weekend's violence affected hundreds of Cape Town commuters who depend on minibus taxis to get around. Eyewitness News spoke to several retailers and businesses whose staff were negatively impacted by the violence.

"Some of them that couldn't go home, stayed over," one employer said.

"All of them came in a little late," another said.

But MEC Grant has given the assurance that law enforcement officials will monitor taxi ranks in Delft, Wynberg, Langa, Claremont, and on the Cape Town station deck today.

"One hopes with the additional reinforcements from the City of Cape Town, there will be better protection for those commuters in those particular areas."

An SAPS task team led by detectives has been set up to investigate the shootings.

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