Durban taxis: no reports of violence

2012-05-22 00:00

TAXI services in Durban were back to normal yesterday after the weekend stand-off between operators and Metro police.

Commuters were forced to walk or find other means of transport last week after taxi drivers protested violently in support of certain demands from Metro police.

They demanded to have traffic fines written in isiZulu and that no Indians or whites should write traffic fine tickets because taxi drivers did not speak English.

Other demands were that taxis should be towed only if there was a road sign indicating that vehicles would be towed and that they should be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere.

But the Metro police refused to yield to the demands.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said yesterday there were no reports of violence and that the situation on the streets was back to normal.

During the protest about 50 people were arrested for public disorder. They are due to appear in the the Durban Magistrate’s Court this week.

In some cases passengers were pulled from taxis and drivers were assaulted.

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