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Amaphela drivers broke into police station

Taxi drivers in Hout Bay broke into Hout Bay SAPS police station and released their colleague who was detained at the station. The group outnumbered cops and forced them to release a driver who was arrested.

This incident happened as City of Cape Town Traffic officers together with SAPS embarked on an operation in the area.

MMC of Safety and Security Jean-Pierre Smith said they conducted the Houtbay taxi enforcement operation this morning.

“This morning we rolled out extensive public transport enforcement operations, in response to the previous arson attack on a MyCiti bus in the area.

“This was a joint operation between all the City’s enforcement agencies as well as Houtbay SAPS and POPS,” said Smith.

He said they arrested one driver who was detained at the Hout Bay SAPS. Angry drivers mobbed the police station singing and dancing before forcing their way inside and releasing their friend.

“With several taxis and amaphelas impounded, a group of Amaphela owners gathered at the Police station and using the advantage that most of SAPS resources were out with us in the area, forced the release of one of the arrested taxi drivers.

“Our Metro Police and Taxi Enforcement Unit quickly arrived on the scene and secured the area around the police station. Tracing operations have commenced and additional charges of escaping from lawful custody will be brought against the offender,” said Smith.

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