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Cops clamps down on taxi violence

2013-03-06 10:42

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Criminal charges have been laid against members of the Durbanville, Bellville and Bloekombos/Wallacedene taxi associations.

Cape Town - Following several days of lawless behaviour and threats of violence the Cape's minister of transport and public works, Robin Carlisle, has called for "urgent measures".

"I met officials from South African Police Services and Cape Town’s Metro Police as well as provincial officials (including traffic ) to decide on urgent and necessary measures to be taken to curb the increasingly lawless situation at the rank."

SHOTS FIRED, OFFICIAL ASSAULTED

The Western Cape transport department reported unlawful behaviour at the Bellville interchange, including:

• Taxis were forcibly removed
• Shots were fired
• Several threats were made
• An official of the Provincial Regulating Entity was intimidated and assaulted

Carlisle said criminal charges had been laid and that members of the Durbanville, Bellville and Bloekombos/Wallacedene taxi associations were involved.

"Law enforcement will, with immediate effect, increase their operations in the area to counter any unlawful actions and curb any further threats of violence. At the same time the Provincial Regulating Entity will suspend all transactions in respect of the three associations listed above."

SECOND FINE-FREE REWARD

In January 2013 we reported that Carlisle awarded the first winner of the Western Cape's Safely Home Road Safety Reward campaign with their share of R50 000.

The campaign was launched in December 2012 and aimed at rewarding drivers for good behaviour on our roads over the festive season.

Two cash prizes of R25 000 will be rewarded to qualifying drivers, drawn at random, from drivers with their vehicle(s) registered in the province.

The second prize will awarded to one lucky driver on March 6. Stay with Wheels24 as we announce the lucky recipient.

Read the terms and conditions here!

Do you think this is a good way to curb accidents and road deaths in the Western Cape? Could the funds have been better spent elsewhere? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use or Readers' Comments below.
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