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Cops monitor East Lynne taxi violence

2012-02-17 11:52

Pretoria - Police were monitoring East Lynne, east of Pretoria, on Friday morning after violent fights between minibus taxi owners the day before, Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.

The Mamelodi Long Distance Taxi Association and the PLAZA Taxi Association were allegedly involved in violent fights at the corner of Baviaanspoort and Stormvoel roads on Thursday morning.

"During the violence about 11 taxis' tyres were slashed, a driver was assaulted and was taken to the hospital," Tsinyane said.

Violence broke out between taxi drivers who were fighting over the route from Pretoria CBD to Mamelodi via East Lynne.

"We hope people will come forward with information with regards to the damage to property case registered at Villeria Police Station," Tsinyane said.

A meeting between the associations was expected to take place soon and police would monitor the situation which was calm on Friday, said Tsinyane.

Comments
  • Willie - 2012-02-17 12:12

    It is high time this goverment should take drastic action against this thugs: 1: they do not pay tax 2: they disregard rules of the road 3: they kill their customers 4: they are disrespectfull

      Willie - 2012-02-17 12:20

      Goverment will noy do any thing against the taxi industry they run scared of them, it is the same with the toll roads tell the taxi industry they have to pay. Then they would have canned the discusions and the toll's would not start at all.

  • Moss - 2012-02-17 12:17

    The issue of Govt official involvement in private business (such as taxi industry)will always lead to such unnecessary war. In such case you will find different taxi association operating on the same route.,at the end othe oldest taxi association will be deniad operating permit on that route where fighting will start. PLS GOVT enployee should back off taxi industry

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-02-17 12:42

      Let them all just kill each other. It wouldn't be a loss

  • logical007 - 2012-02-17 12:18

    let them sort it out there own african way......

      Brett - 2012-02-17 13:43

      Agreed. This is their version of economic freedom.

  • Ig - 2012-02-17 12:20

    WTF, don't we have a free economy, someting they obviously don't understand.

  • Hermann - 2012-02-17 12:25

    Have these idiots not heard and learnt that we are in a free market economy.Surly I as a consumer is free to choose which taxi I want to take. I am afraid while culture of I want and gimmee persist we will not get rid of this selfish arrogant manner of life.

  • Munchk1n - 2012-02-17 12:36

    I think the cops should just keep the perimeter while they fight, and maybe take bets, no loss to society here.

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-17 12:57

    Please someone call the then MEC of Public Transport Mosonkutu he said a very good example in Mabopane, Soshanguve and Garankuwa with regard to taxi violence. MEC Vadi is to soft

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-02-17 13:10

    F*cking moderators constantly deleting my comments. Ffs

      Willie - 2012-02-17 16:57

      Too vulgar start to debate like a civilised person

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