Taxis cause traffic delays at court

2017-03-30 06:02

MAJOR traffic delays were experienced at the Humansdorp court last week when suspects in the double murder of a Jeffreys Bay taxi owner and one of his drivers appeared before the court.

Taxi owner Mthobeli Matyumza and driver Sivuyile Ntontole were gunned down at Matyumza’s house in John Dube Street, Mandela Bay, on Sunday, March 12.

Kouga Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the municipality’s Traffic Department had been forced to divert traffic away from the streets around the court.

“We would like to apologise to motorists for the delays this caused,” he said.

“There were also reports of taxis driving recklessly on the R102 between Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay on these days.

“While we have tremendous regard for the manner in which local taxis and residents came out in force to show that such violent acts would not be tolerated in Kouga, we would like to appeal to everyone to respect the law and not to take out their anger on innocent bystanders in such instances.”

He further applauded the manner in which the Humansdorp Taxi Alliance, affiliated to the Border Alliance Taxi Association, handled the funeral of Matyumza on Saturday, March 25.

“There was some unhappiness when the taxis blocked off the traffic circle at the entrance of Ocean View so as to allow the funeral procession to pass, but no reports of intimidation or conflict was received despite earlier concerns.

“We would like to assure residents and our local taxi operators that the municipality, in conjunction with the SAPS, will be doing all we can to ensure that the legal taxi industry is protected in our area,” he said.

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