Five taxi drivers in the dock

2012-05-22 00:00

FIVE drivers with the Bambanani Taxi Association appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court yesterday for public violence.

They were fined R500 each.

On Friday, drivers from the association blocked off Marine Drive in Shelly Beach to protest against an illegal taxi rank.

The five were arrested during the protest.

Association chairperson Mandla Mzelemu said: “What we wanted was the closure of Shelly Beach taxi rank because it is illegal.

“What happened on Friday was our way of protesting against the issue.”

Thirty-six minibus taxis were parked and locked in the middle of the road, causing a blockade.

Former Parliament Sport Council co-ordinator Ntsizakalo Ngalo was shopping in the area and was unable to drive back to his house.

“It is painful to see taxis of black people and small businesses being smashed like this.

“I do not say who is right and who is wrong, but I think there should have been better ways of resolving their problems.”

Nonkululeko Shabane, Phumi Gumbi and Nobomi Bowana who rely on taxis for transportation were just three of the commuters who were left stranded.

“They should not disturb and inconvenience the public when they fight over their ranks,” they said.

No one was injured during the protest.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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