Cape Town taxi strike: Roadways opened but motorists urged to be cautious over high risk areas

Motorists are being advised to exercise caution as certain areas, specifically Dunoon and Langa, have been identified as high-risk zones. This cautionary message comes in the wake of an incident where debris was hurled onto the roadway at Jake’s Gerwel, resulting in a two-hour closure of the N2 direction towards Epping. The road was eventually reopened at 5.42 am.

Additionally, there have been reports of a vehicle being set on fire in Langa. However, it should be noted that highway routes in and around Cape Town remained clear and open for travel on Thursday morning, with no protests or obstructions reported.

The taxi governing body has informed its members that regular taxi services will remain suspended until the legal process has been concluded. This suspension is expected to last for approximately 48 hours. Santaco, the taxi body, held a meeting with Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga on Wednesday evening. Chikunga reported that she was actively engaged in discussions with the Western Cape government regarding the situation.

JP Smith, the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, commented on the recent events, stating, “After a relatively calm period of 48 hours, we have witnessed a few isolated incidents in recent hours. This includes instances of stone-throwing along Potsdam road and a truck being set on fire in Langa.”

The City of Cape Town has pledged to collaborate with the South African Police Service in order to effectively address any potential incidents of public violence.