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gunIndependent News reports that in recent weeks, taxi drivers and passengers on the route between Marabastad and Diepsloot have been robbed at gunpoint by criminals posing as passengers.  

According to taxi drivers, the criminals work in groups and ask to be dropped off along the way.  Soon afterwards, one of them threatens the driver with a gun, while others ransack the vehicle.  Apparently, their main targets are passengers’ cellphones, money and other belongings on the Diepsloot and Olievenhoutbosch routes.  In response, taxi associations and owners have started searching all male passengers daily after 6pm.  Criminals dress in reflector jackets and gather along the road and closer to the taxi rank.  A taxi driver said he feared for his life and was often worried to go to work after sunset.  A commuter from Diepsloot commented:  “This thing is really getting out of hand.  The criminals must be found and face the law.  The SA National Taxi Council’s Bafana Magagula said that investigations were under way and that they would intensify patrol squads around the area.  But, a Diepsloot police station spokesperson said there were no recent incidents reported at the station.  Last month, it was reported that Ga-Rankuwa taxi owners had initiated a campaign to keep commuters safe following an increase in robberies.  In May alone, six Ga-Rankuwa taxi drivers and commuters were robbed at gunpoint by criminals pretending to be commuters.

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