Police display fearless might of the law

2015-05-07 06:00

Saps together with City Law Enforcement officials conducted an operation in Nyanga including the taxi rank where 26 drivers were arrested.  
Mbongiseni Maseko

Saps together with City Law Enforcement officials conducted an operation in Nyanga including the taxi rank where 26 drivers were arrested. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A joint operation by SAPS and City’s Law Enforcement saw the men in blue enter the lion’s den when they pounced on the Nyanga Taxi Rank on Thursday Last week.

Two weeks ago the taxi rank was the epicentre of chaos and anarchy when Amaphela Taxi drivers attacked Golden Arrow buses, company vehicles and other motorists.

Outside the taxi rank, a group of men armed with stones were seen taunting police vans that drove past the taxi rank in Sithathu Avenue. It took over two hours for the police to stabilise that part of the township, with taxi drivers running helter-skelter.

On Thursday, however, it was the police’s turn to call the shots as they blocked both entrants to the rank, stopping taxis, searching for weapons and issuing fines. A total 134 fines to the value of R147 500 were issued.

“Eighteen fines were issued to vehicles operating without licences, those vehicles were also impounded. Eighteen other fines were issued to drivers that did not have their operating licences in their vehicles,” said Nyanga police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

Sitshitshi said that they arrested eleven taxi drivers and served 13 warrants of arrests and eight fines were issued for lack of clearance certificates.

“A total of 26 drivers were arrested for driving without a license, 8 for failing to produce PDP’s. One was arrested for driving an un-roadworthy vehicle, 6 for worn tyres, 7 for not wearing safety belts and a fine for a cell phone which was also confiscated,” she said.

Two licensed firearms were also confiscated and taken were due to be taken for ballistic tests, 32 vehicles and 98 people were also searched.

A taxi driver who spoke to City Vision during the raid said that the operation was unfair.

Siviwe Mthathi, 27, said that the operations were costing drivers like him money.

“I am one of the drivers without a license and I can’t work until they leave. We are losing a lot of money not just for us but for our bosses,” he decried.

They should rather arrest the amaphela taxi drivers as they are the ones that began the trouble, he said.

Sitshitshi noted that the operation was not only at the taxi rank. “It was a joint operation between SAPS Nyanga and Provincial Units together with other Law Enforcement Agencies conducted in the Nyanga area including the Nyanga Terminus,” she said

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