3 arrested for KZN taxi rank shooting

2015-02-19 16:15
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Pietermaritzburg - Three men were arrested for discharging firearms in a public place during a dispute between two minibus taxi associations at a Newcastle taxi rank on Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

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"There was a dispute between two taxi associations which resulted in random shooting and stoning of vehicles at a taxi rank in Newcastle," Major Thulani Zwane said.

Police were alerted of the clashes around 06:30. Zwane said the reason for the dispute was unknown.

The men would appear in the Newcastle Magistrate's Court soon on charges of illegally discharging a firearm.

"Seven cartridges and spent bullets were found at the scene," Zwane said.

Eyewitness Dalila Quintal said when she was driving past the area at around 07:15, sections of Terminus Street were cordoned off by police.

"I saw people running away from that area, that's when I made a U-turn and drove away."

Quintal said police vehicles with flashing blue lights blocked the entrance to the taxi rank.

"They were not allowing them in or out of the rank."

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