- Eskom says taxi violence poses a security threat for Eskom workers travelling in automobiles resembling taxis.
- The automobiles have now been grounded, limiting Eskom providers.
- Major transport routes in Cape Town have been affected by ongoing taxi violence.
Eskom has suspended some main providers in elements of Cape Town affected by ongoing taxi violence.
In an announcement on Tuesday, the ability utility stated the continuing taxi violence in Cape Town posed a major risk to the security of Eskom employees travelling in automobiles that resemble taxis, particularly within the affected areas.
“The Eskom specialised maintenance and support teams who travel in white minibuses that resemble taxis are at risk, and we would not want them to be mistaken for taxis and potentially be targeted,” the assertion learn.
“As a result, all the Eskom white minibuses that resemble taxis have been grounded. The grounding of these vehicles limits Eskom’s ability to provide major services in the affected areas.”
Major public transport routes in Cape Town have been affected by assaults on taxis. Talks to resolve loading rights disputes between the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta) began on Friday, with shootings directed at taxis persevering with.
The affected areas embody Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa, Bellville, Wynberg, Vrygrond, Fish Hoek, Masiphumelele, Athlone and Mitchells Plain.
Eskom stated it’s going to proceed attending to faults not affected by the grounding of its minibus automobiles.
“Eskom will conduct frequent security risk assessments and provide security to teams attending to other faults in all high-risk areas. Eskom is working closely with the authorities and Eskom Security Services to ensure the safety of its staff while working in these areas. Unfortunately, there will be a significant delay in restoration efforts of technical teams out in the field, meaning customers may experience [prolonged periods] without electricity,” it stated.