Five Killed in Cape Town Taxi Strike Clashes

South Africa | The Black Examiner – Officials have reported that violent protests linked to a taxi strike in Cape Town, South Africa, have resulted in the deaths of five individuals.

Among the casualties is a 40-year-old British citizen, with support being provided to their family by the UK Foreign Office.

The week-long strike was initiated in response to perceived “heavy-handed tactics” by law enforcement authorities, as claimed by taxi drivers. They assert that their vehicles were unfairly targeted and seized for minor infractions.


Alleged infringements encompassed issues such as failure to wear a seatbelt and unauthorized use of the emergency lane. Drivers have argued that others committing similar violations received only fines.

Minibus taxi operators across Cape Town additionally voiced frustrations over what they deemed as the government’s unjust impounding of taxis they contend were roadworthy.

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga of South Africa ordered the immediate release of the impounded minibus taxis by the City of Cape Town on Tuesday. She remarked that the city’s implementation of the legislation had been flawed and incompatible with current laws.

According to the South African Ministry of Police, 120 arrests have been made since the strike’s commencement on August 3rd. Instances of looting, stone-throwing, and arson have also been acknowledged.

Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed the death of a police officer among the casualties. Meanwhile, barricades were erected by residents in the Masiphumelele township on Tuesday, hindering movement and some of these barricades were set ablaze.

Mr. Cele, addressing the press, called for collaboration between the Cape Town government and taxi operators. He highlighted the impact of the strike on children’s ability to attend school and appealed for collective resolution.

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In response to the strike being categorized as a high security risk for tourists visiting South Africa, the UK has released a travel advisory cautioning its citizens.


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