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NPA to investigate allegations of extortion and intimidation by Western Cape taxi operators

The provincial transport department warned that taxi operators could get deregistered or have their licenses revoked should they be found guilty of such criminal acts.
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NPA to investigate allegations of extortion and intimidation by taxi operators in the Western Cape

The National Prosecuting Authority will be investigating allegations of extortion and intimidation by taxi operators in the Western Cape.

This after the provincial Department of Transport put forward a request for them to be prioritized.

Taxi operators have been accused of demanding a fee for use of what they consider to be their taxi route.

Farmers in the Joostenbergvlakte area and surrounds have accused taxi operators of extorting money from them when transporting their workers to and from work.

The alleged extortion and racketeering scheme by taxi operators is reportedly affecting private and scholar transport as well.

Wine farmer Jaco Lourens, told the Weekend Argus that farmers offer transport to their workers as a benefit because most of the farms are in rural areas.

If the service is suspended more than 1 000 farmworkers would be affected and this may result in many job losses.

In another incident, a driver at the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation was held to ransom at the Gugulethu Taxi Rank and asked to pay R3,000 to be released on 1 October.

Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela said the reports of extortion had been escalated to the SAPS and the National Prosecuting Authority with the request that these cases be prioritized.

The provincial transport department warned that taxi operators could get deregistered or have their licenses revoked should they be found guilty of such criminal acts.

 

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