Fears of taxi war in CT after murder of CATA president

Police Minister Bheki Cele has called for an urgent intervention to address the ongoing taxi violence in the Western Cape, following the murder of Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) president, Victor Wiwi. Wiwi was one of two men shot and killed in Nyanga, Cape Town, on Wednesday evening. A third man was shot and injured. […]

More than 100 arrested for extorting protection fees from small business owners in CT, says Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele says more than 100 people linked to extortion cases in Cape Town have been arrested since members of the community and small business owners raised the alarm over the so-called protection fees last year. Small business owners who owned restaurants, pubs, and bars, rental stock owners, and informal business owners were […]

Three cops among those arrested in connection with CT extortions, says Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele has on Thursday confirmed that three police officers are being investigated for extortion in Cape Town. The minister has also revealed 106 extortion cases have been opened in the city since January this year. Sixty-seven cases are still under investigation. Cele has revealed SAPS members are among those charged. “Those are […]

106 extortion cases opened in CT since January, says Bheki Cele

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday said 106 extortion cases had been opened in Cape Town since January. Concerns around extortion across communities grew last year and an extortion priority committee was established. It includes the police, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety, and the City of Cape Town. Cele said when concern was […]

City of CT halts sewage services in Samora Machel after worker shot and crew robbed

A City of Cape Town staff member has been shot and wounded while repairing a collapsed sewer pipeline in Samora Machel. The incident occurred in Helen Joseph Street. As a result, the municipality said water and sanitation services have been temporarily withdrawn from the area until further notice. A number of sewerage facilities have been […]

City of CT enforcement agencies make 298 arrests

The City of Cape Town said that in the past week nearly 300 people were arrested on various charges, such as drunk-driving, reckless and negligent driving, and possession of drugs. In a statement released on Tuesday, mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said that of the 298 arrests, a third were for drunk […]

City of CT: Repairs to vandalised sewage pump stations expected to cost R30 million

The City of Cape Town said that theft and vandalism of water and sewage pump stations would cost it millions of rands. Twenty-five sewage pump stations have been vandalized or impacted by theft. The city said that while a full cost analysis would be conducted, it estimated that these operating costs, including repairs and hiring […]

Mayor Plato proposes no salary hike for City of CT staff to ease burden on residents

Mayor Dan Plato has proposed no salary increases for the City of Cape Town staff. He presented the city’s annual budget of almost R56.5 billion on Wednesday. The document will be published for public comment before approval. Plato said they would petition the Local Government Bargaining Council to not award any salary increases for staff […]

CT communities call for peace amid gang violence

Ahead of religious festivals that focus on sacrifice, some Cape Town communities are on Tuesday calling for peace between warring gangs. Gang violence has continued throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and recently shootings have surged in various areas, including Mitchells Plain, Mfuleni, and Manenberg. Last week, a four-year-old girl was among five people shot and wounded […]

City of CT wants Portnet to investigate viability of relocating the metro’s port

The City of Cape Town wants Portnet to investigate the viability of relocating the metro’s cargo port to Saldanha. The municipality said on Tuesday the location of the container facility meant windy conditions often hamper productivity, which affected economic growth. “Last year we had a Table Mountain Cable car not operating for about 75 to […]