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Winde calls for SANDF assistance in ongoing taxi violence

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The Western Cape Premier has called for the addition of the SANDF to assist the SAPS with the taxi violence, further encouraging residents to come forward with information.

Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde issued a statement on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, calling for the addition of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) boots on the ground, to ensure the safety of commuters. The premier confirmed that following a conversation with Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Patekile, he would be officially requesting that the SANDF be bolstered, with further boots on the ground to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) in its response to the ongoing taxi violence.

Winde stated that the Democratic Alliance (DA) would not allow for “thugs” to continue threatening the lives of residences by committing a clear act of economic sabotage and preventing people from getting to work safely. The premier also welcomed the announcement by the provincial police commissioner that 12 arrests have been made so far.

Premier Winde warned that any person who commits an act of violence must be jailed and successfully prosecuted. He has, therefore, called on residents to come forward with information that may assist in ensuring swift arrests, and confirmed that the Western Cape would also activate the Court Watching Brief Unit, to make sure that any arrests made in relation to the taxi violence are monitored.

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