Three arrested after taxi violence flares up in Soweto

File: The rivalry between Witwatersrand African Taxi owners Association (Wata) and the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) has reached boiling point. Photo: Lenyaro Sello

JOHANNESBURG – Three suspects have been arrested in Soweto after violence flared up due to a dispute between two taxi associations.

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said the trio were arrested for being possession of illegal firearm and ammunition.

 

The dispute left commuters in limbo on Tuesday morning with police confirming reports of shooting in the area.

The rivalry between Witwatersrand African Taxi owners Association (Wata) and the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) has reached boiling point.

VIDEO: Passengers scream for help in alleged taxi altercation

Taxi operators halted services on Monday afternoon in Soweto with commuters being forced off taxis and told to find alternative transport to their destinations.

 

Wata spokesperson George Maphalala told local radio station Power FM that the decision to halt operations is in the best interest of passengers.

“They [the drivers] were hit by stones, [and] shot by guns [sic]. Since yesterday afternoon, they decided to stop operating and find out why they are being shot, why they are being killed, [and] why they are being attacked,” Maphalala said.

“We are trying to resolve the matter… We are trying to protect them [passengers].”

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Commuters mainly in the areas of Orlando, Dube, Rockville, Mofolo, Zola, Naledi Jabulani and Emdeni were left stranded with no taxis operating.

The dispute has also affected traffic in Soweto with the road from the Soweto Highway towards CBD going at a snail pace.

 

Meanwhile, ReaVaya said buses in Soweto may be delayed due to the taxi protest.

 

 

 

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