More cars burn’t in Mamelodi taxi wars

More cars burn’t in Mamelodi taxi wars

More cars burn’t in Mamelodi taxi wars

January 20 2017 – THREE men were arrested and charged with public violence and the possession of an unlicenced firearm after a car was burnt and several others damaged in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, Gauteng police said on Friday.

“We have deployed a number of public order police officers and the situation is now calm,” spokesman Captain Mavela Masondo said.

“We want to make sure that commuters are not affected when they travel. Two associations are fighting over a route and they are in a meeting. I don’t know the names of those associations.”

Masondo said that the three men were arrested in connection with the taxi violence, while they were travelling in a minibus taxi on Thursday, after the police received a tip-off.

The men are expected to appear in the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Masondo said police were also investigating a case of malicious damage to property.

Commuters were badly affected in Mamelodi in the east of Pretoria on Friday (yesterday) morning, as violent clashes between the two unnamed rival taxi associations continued.

A private local taxi was completely burnt and another one damaged early on Friday morning, while many commuters struggled to find local taxis. Violent clashes started on Thursday afternoon, and left several private local taxis damaged. One taxi owner and driver was also assaulted.

Mamelodi residents told the African News Agency (ANA) that they were late for work as they could not find local taxis on Friday morning.

Tsamaya Avenue was mostly affected by the clashes and parts of the road was barricaded with burning tyres, rocks and other debris. Tshwane Metro Police and the South African Police Service officers monitored the situation. – ANA

More cars burn’t in Mamelodi taxi wars