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Cape Town Taxi Violence: Cele Slams JP Smith



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Police Minister Bheki Cele has strongly criticised the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, amid the ongoing taxi strike that has resulted in violence and left thousands of commuters stranded.

During a press briefing in Joburg’s Riverlea, Minister Cele informed journalists that he had been actively collaborating with various stakeholders to solve transportation challenges and the escalating violence in Cape Town as reported by IOL.

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In response to alleged claims by JP Smith that Cele encouraged the taxi industry to strike, the Minister expressed his refusal to engage in any discussions with Smith, suggesting that the mayoral committee member may need psychological assistance. He emphasised that efforts are being made to address the situation, even in the face of violence.

Reflecting on the consequences of the strike, Cele expressed concern for the residents of Langa, Gugulethu, and Khayelitsha, where those attempting to assist people travelling to work or school have faced assaults and damage to their vehicles.


The Minister called upon the individuals behind the strike to reconsider their actions and allow people to continue unhindered daily lives.

Regarding the root of the problem in Cape Town, Cele highlighted that it lies between the city and the taxi associations. He pointed out that diverting police resources to address the ongoing situation hampers crime prevention efforts.

Earlier reports from IOL revealed that the City of Cape Town denied declaring war on the taxi industry. JP Smith asserted that they would impound 25 vehicles for each truck, bus, or facility that is damaged or set on fire.

As the strike, initiated by the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and supported by eight regional associations, caused disruption and chaos across the province, commuters found themselves standing in long queues at bus stops and terminals. Some, including pupils, remained stranded out of fear for their safety, while others resorted to walking home.

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