Durban taxi protesters get bail

2015-06-12 21:31
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Durban - Fifteen men facing terrorism charges over a violent taxi protest were granted bail in the Durban Magistrate’s Court.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the men were released on bail of R3 000 each and ordered to report twice weekly to the Durban Central Police Station.

Apart from the terrorism charges, the 15 also face charges of assault, robbery and malicious damage to property. They stem from a taxi industry protest staged through central Durban on May 26 demanding taxis impounded by the eThekwini Metro Police be released.

The court was told on Thursday 18 buses were stoned, 25 cars damaged and 39 rubbish bins damaged during the protest.

Before the protests, the eThekwini Metro Police had impounded 112 taxis as they did not have the required permits.

After admission of guilt fines were paid, 67 taxis were released, but the remaining 45 were only released after the men staged their violent protest.

The strike was called off after taxi bosses met the eThekwini’s executive council, where an agreement was reached to release the remaining taxis without the fines being settled. 

The 15 men are expected back in court on July 17.

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