Taxi protesters arrested in Durban

2012-05-17 18:23

Durban - Twelve people were arrested for public violence after a protest by minibus taxi drivers in Durban on Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

"The numbers could increase as the protests are taking place in different parts of the city," Colonel Jay Naicker said.

The Durban minibus taxi drivers complained that metro police officers were targeting them when issuing traffic fines.

Naicker said the protest started on Thursday morning at the Botanic Gardens. The drivers marched to the city hall to hand over a memorandum.

"The organiser of the march failed to take control of the crowd and the protesters got violent. We had to deploy additional public order police to monitor the situation."

An officer on the scene estimated that thousands of taxi drivers had participated in the strike.

Chaos erupted earlier on Warwick Junction, with unconfirmed reports of an attempt to burn a bus.

Hundreds of commuters were stranded on Field Street, Durban, because taxi drivers were striking.

The road was cordoned off and police were monitoring the area. The road was littered with bricks, broken glass and municipal dustbins.

Officers in about 15 metro police cars monitored the protest on Bram Fischer and KE Masinga roads.

Metro police spokesman Eugene Msomi could not provide further details.

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