The taxi-related violence we’ve witnessed in the Nyanga area over the past few weeks, has now spilled over to the coastal suburb of Hout Bay.
On Monday, taxi operators took to the streets there, where they barricaded roads and stoned MyCiTi busses.
One of the vehicles was petrol bombed.
As a result – the City suspended its MyCiTi and Dial-a-Ride services in the area.
The Hout Bay Taxi Association is reportedly unhappy with the compensation, related to the roll-out of Phase 1 of the MyCiTi service.
The matter is currently in the Western Cape High Court.
Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Rob Quintas, says their public transport services will only resume once the situation has stabilised.
“I condemned in the possible terms any behaviour that results in learners and workers not being able to commute, as well residents feeling unsafe and being the victims of violence, and any damages to public or private property must be condemned for the thuggish and brutish activities that they are. This unfortunate suspension of MyCiTi and Dial-A-Ride services has a direct impact on the livelihood of these passengers as they depend on the availability of these transport services”.