Cop allegedly beaten by angry Durban taxi drivers

2015-09-30 17:38
 (Supplied to News24)

(Supplied to News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - A Durban police officer had a close shave after he was allegedly attacked by a group of angry taxi drivers after blocking them from using the emergency lane in heavy traffic on Wednesday.

A car on fire had caused gridlock on the N2 near Queen Nandi Drive with the police officer using a marked police car to stop a minibus taxi that had been using the lane illegally and blocking emergency vehicles.

It is understood the driver was stopped and instructed to follow the officer to the police station so he could be charged.

The officer then tried stopping a different taxi that had raced towards the accident scene in the emergency lane.

The driver is alleged to have refused to stop and tried running down the officer at which time the lone policeman fired shots at the taxi's tyres in an effort to disable it.

When the minibus eventually stopped and the officer was in the course of arresting the driver, he was surrounded by a group of taxi operators including the driver he had been on his way to charge.

A police source close to the investigation, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said the group began beating the officer.

The source said the officer had drawn his weapon in self-defence and fired two shots, causing his attackers to disperse.

The taxi driver who had allegedly tried to run him down was successfully detained.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the 31-year-old suspect had been arrested for attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving.

“He is expected to appear in court soon,” he said.

Read more on:    police  |  durban  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.