KZN transport dept gets interdict against Port Shepstone taxi operators

2016-04-06 12:09

Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal department of transport has secured a court interdict against protesting taxi operators in Port Shepstone, the department has said.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu made the announcement on Tuesday while addressing operators who had disrupted operations while protesting against government hiring a security company in Port Shepstone.

The department said in a statement that it had hired the company to ensure stability and law and order, following incidents of violence last year between various taxi operators in the area.

It said the security company had signed a cooperation agreement with government, police and the Hibiscus Coast Municipality to work together to eliminate criminal elements at the taxi rank.

Mchunu said: “The interdict obtained, seeks to prevent any further disruptions which were characterised by the barricading of roads, which nearly brought the Port Shepstone CBD to a standstill."

He said 32 people, mainly drivers, had been arrested for violating the Gatherings Act and for damage to properties. He said the accused were granted R500 bail each.

"We have been forced to secure a court interdict against your illegal activities. These disruptions are unwarranted and we strongly suspect that those who are behind this are people who view the presence of the security personnel as a threat to their illegal operations within the taxi industry," said Mchunu. 

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