Western Cape Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General, Thembisile Patekile has again urged members of the community, who are being intimidated by taxi-associations or taxi-drivers, to report matters to the police as soon as possible.

He said police will act immediately to ensure that the prompt arrest and prosecution of those who intimidate or harm commuters.

He says no major incidences of violence or shootings have been reported since the closing of the B97 route between Paarl and Bellville on Monday.

Access the full briefing here.

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The Western Cape MEC for Transport, Daylin Mitchell says the arbitration process, to find a lasting solution to the ongoing tax-violence, has now started.

Mitchell says the new negotiation-process comes after the earlier mediation-process, between the province’s main taxi-associations, failed to reach a working solution.

He says the violence has claimed the lives of 83 people since the beginning of the year.

Mitchell also announced the suspension of financing to taxi-associations as a means to suppress the violence.

He says the move follows the inability of CATA, Codeta and Santaco to find a lasting solution to the violence.

Read Mitchell’s full statement here.

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