Will taxi violence ever end?

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Gauteng Traffic Police vowed to continue to deal with perpetrators of violence in the taxi industry. This follows the arrest of four suspects on Thursday night by the members attached to the Public Transport Intervention Unit in Orlando, Soweto.

Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson Sello Maremane said according to preliminary information, a shootout ensued between rival taxi associations, namely NANDUWE and WATA over a dispute on routes in Soweto resulting in minibuses severely damaged by stones and hard objects.

”Several people sustained injuries during the shootout. The incident took place at WATA offices in Soweto.” The Gauteng Traffic Police issued a stern warning to perpetrators of violence in the taxi industry.

Maremane added that the Gauteng Traffic Police is concerned by the ongoing violence in the taxi industry. “It is hardly a week since the arrest of a suspect linked to serial killings in the taxi industry. The law enforcement authorities will not tolerate any lawlessness in the taxi industry as it threatens the lives of ordinary citizens”

Maremane further said the law enforcement authorities will be on high alert until the conflict between the two associations is stabilized. “We wish all those injured during the shooting incident a speedy recovery”.

The suspects are expected to appear at Orlando Magistrates Court soon to face charges relating to attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms and malicious property damage.

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