Gauteng police and army raid taxi rank

2009-10-07 10:50

COMMUTERS were left stranded as police and the army raided the Bree

Street taxi rank in Newtown, Johannesburg this morning.

Heavily armed officers from the SA Police Service, the SA National

Defence Force and the Gauteng traffic police blockaded roads in and out of the

taxi rank checking for unroadworthy vehicles and unlicensed taxi


“This operation will be conducted as part of public transport

month. We are discouraging the use of public transport that endangers people’s

lives,” said department of community safety spokesman Sizwe Matshikiza.

The raid follows a directive issued by community safety MEC Khabisi

Mosunkutu that the department should clamp down on public transport that

endangers the lives of commuters.

“There will be a series of these operations throughout the month,

some of which we will not announce.”

Vehicles that were not compliant would be impounded, said


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