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Police recovered four illegal firearms – thought to belong to taxi drivers – in Delft on Wednesday.
The police operation came after almost three weeks of violence in the area arising from new taxis muscling in on established routes.
Siphesishle Dube, the spokesman for transport MEC Robin Carlisle, said: “The violence in the area recently has been as a result of a dispute between the Delft Taxi Association and Codeta over the Khayelitsha to Delft route.
“Codeta is currently the only association with valid operating licences for the Khayelitsha to Delft route.”
Codeta spokesman Cecil Dibela said: “The police confiscated firearms in a stop-and-search operation and I think they will send the guns for ballistic testing. There has been a lot of violence since new taxis have been trying to invade the Delft route.”
Dibela said there had been no shooting on Wednesday, but shooting was not uncommon and a Codeta member had landed up in hospital.
“They started coming into the area about three weeks ago and stealing customers. What they must do is retreat first and then maybe we can set up meetings to discuss this.”
Police spokesman Colonel Thembinkosi Kinana said no arrests were made on Wednesday and no case opened, but police were investigating.
“Three 9mm pistols, two of which had had their serial numbers removed, were confiscated. Three magazines and ammunition were found. Also one handgun with its serial number removed was taken. The firearms were found abandoned inside a shack.”
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Dube said the province supported the efforts of the police.
He added that joint operations had resulted in the impounding of illegally operating vehicles in the past.