At least two shacks were set alight and a man beaten up after taxi drivers went after protesters in an informal settlement in Delft on Thursday.
The taxi drivers were retaliating after a taxi transporting people was apparently stoned in the area during service delivery protests.
A taxi driver told GroundUp that the vehicle that was stoned belonged to the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) and it was transporting people from Nyanga. Nevertheless, Victor Wiwi of CATA said they had not recieved a report on the incident.
During the protests residents from the Winnie Mandela informal settlement blocked Delft’s main road, Symphony Way and the N2 near Robert Sobukwe with rocks and they were burning tyres on the road.
GroundUp witnessed a group of about 15 men carrying stones and sticks chasing after the protesters in the informal settlement.
According to GroundUp the men were the taxi drivers from the Nyanga taxi rank (which falls under CATA) and the Khayelitsha rank (which falls under CODETA – the Congress for Democratic Taxi Association).
They beat a man up and also set his shack alight.
Another shack belonging to a man whom the taxi drivers said was the protest leader and responsible for stoning the taxi was also torched.
A CODETA taxi spokesperson Chief Mtati told GroundUp that no taxi stoning incident was reported to it either.
“We do not have a problem with the protest but the way it is done is wrong and it also affects us. Our private cars have been stoned and when we take action they are not going to like it,” Mtati said.