The Rustenburg Local Municipality has called on taxi operators, community members and all stakeholders involved in the mob justice in the CBD to stop the violence and report all incidents to the police.
The municipality said it fully understands the community outrage against drug trafficking, human trafficking and prostitution.
The municipality acknowledged the matter of drug and human trafficking, saying it is working to rid the municipality of the scourge.
“Over the last three months, the municipality has intensified collaboration with other stakeholders in declaring war against drug trafficking, human trafficking and prostitution. Consequently, numerous drug houses and brothels have been closed.
“The last operation was undertaken together with the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies on Friday, 3 January.”
The municipality has pleaded with community members to desist from using violence to air their concerns as this could result in criminal elements taking advantage of the situation.
“We would like to once more reiterate our stance that there is no place for violence, as it can be counter-productive. We would like to urge all our residents to remain calm and not allow the situation to degenerate even further.
“More intensive patrols throughout the city will be undertaken by all law enforcement agencies. We would like to apologise to all commuters affected for the inconvenience caused,” said the municipality.