Officials are engaging with taxi drivers who staged a second illegal blockade outside Gallows Hill in Green Point this morning, 6 May 2019.

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service impounded 47 minibus taxis in Green Point this morning.

This follows an illegal blockade outside the Gallows Hill Driving Licence Testing Centre by disgruntled taxi operators.

The South African Police Service also made three arrests during the protest for riotous behaviour.

In addition to the impoundments, the City will make submissions to the Provincial Regulatory Authority seeking the suspension of any operating licences linked to the impounded vehicles and their owners.

‘This is the second illegal blockade in as many days and the City cannot tolerate such behaviour. Apart from the fact that it erases any chance of discussions in good faith about the concerns of taxi operators, it also causes untold frustration to motorists who are inconvenienced by these actions and it harms the economy, which we can ill afford. That is why I called Traffic management to ensure that officers enforced the National Road Traffic Act fully and impounded the vehicles that were obstructing the road,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Officials from the City’s Directorate: Transport have scheduled a meeting with the affected taxi associations for later this afternoon.

‘The purpose of the meeting is to discuss their grievances as we’ve been receiving conflicting messages about the reasons for the protest action. Once we know the details we’ll be able to map the way forward. These discussions must be based on the premise that the operators will refrain from any further illegal protest action and I’m urging the taxi associations to speak to their members so that we can resolve this impasse as soon as possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.