British Doctor Shot to Death in Cap Town: Riots in South Africa
British Doctor Shot to Death in Cap Town – A British GP has been killed in South Africa after he turned the wrong way from the airport and got caught up in violent taxi driver strikes.
The 40-year-old doctor was on vacation with two of his relatives when he drove to Cape Town’s Nyanga township, near the city’s international airport, on Thursday last week. A police spokesman confirmed today: ‘The doctor was driving with two other people in the vehicle. Apparently, from the airport he took a wrong turn and headed towards Nyanga. In Ntlangano Crescent, several suspects approached his vehicle and shot and killed him. No arrests yet. Angry strikes have broken out across the city after police officers began seizing illegal vehicles. Angry activists connected to the influential private taxi industry have thrown stones at cars and buses and set some on fire.
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Tourist bosses fear angry clashes are driving tourists away from the country. The national taxi union has said its members are not instigating the violence and others are using the strike as an excuse to launch their own protests. The Foreign Office said it was “supporting the family of a British man who died in South Africa” and issued a travel alert about the unrest. Nyanga is one of the most dangerous places in South Africa where 74 people are killed every day.
The Western Cape province, which includes Cape Town, has taken a tough stance on the unregulated minibus taxi industry, known for bad driving and dangerous vehicles. Millions of workers and schoolchildren have been forced to stay at home. Food deliveries have been interrupted. Geordin Hill-Lewis, the mayor of Cape Town, said he would stand his ground against the sector. In Cape Town, violence will never be tolerated as a bargaining tactic. We reiterate our call on SANTACO to peacefully return to the negotiating table,’ he said.