Taxi drivers block Mamelodi roads over routes

2014-10-24 13:55

Taxi drivers have closed down a main road in Mamelodi, near Pretoria, after an argument over routes.

“The situation is that the drivers are not agreeing in principal about the usage of certain routes,” police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso, said today.

Roads in the township were blocked with rocks and burning tyres with the main street, Tsamaya, being the most affected.

Maheso said a meeting was held to find an amicable solution and it was agreed that the debris would be removed from the roads. He said it was not rival taxi unions but just the taxi drivers who were at loggerheads.

Maheso explained that the “small business” drivers (who operate with their private cars) and minibus drivers disagreed over routes.

The situation was under control, and law enforcement officers from different units had been deployed in the township.

Three cars had reportedly been damaged, but the extent of the damage still had to be ascertained, Maheso said.

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