National 24.8.2016 09:59 am

The 94 taxi owners arrested in Blood River out on bail

Taxi owners blocked the road near the Utrecht Police Station on Monday in protest over the 94 arrested taxi owners on Sunday. Picture: Vryheid Herald.

Taxi owners blocked the road near the Utrecht Police Station on Monday in protest over the 94 arrested taxi owners on Sunday. Picture: Vryheid Herald.

The taxi owners arrested on Sunday have since been released on ‘free bail’.

The 94 taxi owners who were arrested in Blood River, Utrecht, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), on Sunday, August 21, where 40 illegal firearms were confiscated, have been released on ‘free bail’, reports the Newcastle Advertiser.

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This follows protest action by other taxi owners from various associations, when they blocked the road near the Utrecht Police Station yesterday as they demanded the release of their colleagues.

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South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) chairperson in Amajuba Region Dumisani Ntuli said: “I’m not in a position to comment on the matter right now. We will be meeting with the KZN MEC for transport on Friday. Currently, all operations are carrying on normally. The people who were arrested were released on free bail.”

Ntuli declined to confirm allegations that the suspects were alleged to have been stopping and damaging long-distance taxis operating between KZN and Gauteng, due to in-fighting over routes. The suspects are also alleged to have taken money from the taxi drivers and passengers.

The aim of the meeting was for taxi owners to relay taxi owners’ grievances and discuss a way forward with the transport MEC.

Caxton News Service

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