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Extortion in the City: Cape Town Taxi Drivers Face Monthly Payoffs to Local Gangs

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In a heart-wrenching revelation, taxi drivers in Cape Town have come forth to expose a deeply entrenched extortion racket allegedly perpetrated by local gangs in the Mother City. These organised criminals are reportedly backing taxi operators into a corner, demanding monthly payoffs amounting to as much as R20,000 for the drivers to be allowed access to operate on routes for which they hold legitimate permits.



The chilling claims came from multiple drivers who chose to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of their situation. They reported the extortion amounts varying between R10,000 and R20,000, an extravagant fee that's supposedly the price to continue working in these gang-controlled territories.



Crime analysts have noted that this extortion tactic is not new but a stark emblem of the organised crime culture deeply ingrained within Cape Town's society. The decades-old racket seems to have ensnared taxi drivers in its clutches, making it a regular and feared part of their monthly routine.


As Cape Town's taxi operators continue to navigate not only their usual routes but also the perils of this extortion racket, authorities and local communities are urged to take swift and decisive action. The Mother City must no longer be a haven for such predatory criminal organizations.


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