The City of Cape Town said on Wednesday it would not tolerate any violent behaviour from striking taxi drivers.

Taxi drivers across the Mother City were meant to down tools in protest against government’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

The National Taxi Alliance in the Western Cape said it wanted to put more pressure on government to scrap the BRT plan, insisting that it would put the taxi industry out of business.

The NTA’s Vuyisile Mente said they would not let the system be implemented.

“We were actually promised by JZ that, stop everything; we go and vote. Then after voting I will come back to you,” said Mente.

The city’s spokesperson Kylie Hatton said metro police and other law enforcement officials would be ready to deal with any unruly behaviour.

Hatton urged commuters to find alternative modes of transport.