KZN police fear taxi violence

Police on alert. Pic: South Coast Herald.

Police on alert. Pic: South Coast Herald.

Police and law enforcement agencies remain on high alert amid fears of taxi violence erupting in KwaZulu-Natal.

There has been an ongoing dispute between two taxi associations regarding the routes between Port Shepstone and Durban, and Margate and Durban, South Coast Herald reported.

So far, there has been no violence, and police confirmed the situation was under control.

Last week, three people were shot and one suspect arrested in an alleged taxi violence dispute on Woodmead Drive, Sunninghill, in the north of Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson Kym Cloete said the taxi violence started just before 4pm on Woodmead Drive, near the R55, on Wednesday.

“One suspect was arrested on the charge of attempted murder, and one firearm was confiscated,” said Cloete.

She added three victims were shot and wounded.

In a separate incident, a taxi owner and four others were shot and seriously wounded in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, in January.

Police spokesperson Captain Doniah Mothutsane said the Atteridgeville Saulsville Taxi Owners Association (ASTOA) went on a tour around 6.30pm to check if taxis operating in the area were members of the association.

“It is alleged that a white Quantum taxi carrying an unknown number of suspects passed by ASTOA’s offices, and suspects started shooting randomly,” she said.

– Caxton News Service


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