Minibus taxis caused huge traffic congestion in Cape Town’s CBD and surrounding area on Friday when they blocked several roads.
The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape strongly condemned the barriers. Parts of Sir Lowry Road and Christiaan Barnard Drive are blocked and there are major delays on the N2 and M5.
Taxi drivers are reportedly responding to recent fines, licensed and licensed taxis and other traffic violations.
Daylin Mitchell, DA spokeswoman for transport and public works, said it was unacceptable that taxi operators in the City of Cape Town made the decision to obstruct essential routes in the subway. “The city cannot be held hostage by a few people who refuse to comply with the law. I call on the leadership of the taxi associations, taxi owners and taxi drivers not to use traffic disruptions as a way to address issues. This anarchy affects innocent people who rely on the routes to move in and out of the city. “
Mitchell said he urged law enforcement officers to respond quickly to clear the barriers and arrest those responsible. “No one is above the law and no citizen has the right to violate the rights of others in such a blatant way.”