Violence erupts at taxi rank

2011-12-20 14:20

Fifty-two people were arrested after violence erupted at the Newcastle taxi rank this morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

“Some of those allegedly involved in the violence sustained minor injuries and were attended to by paramedics,” said Captain Thulani Zwane.

Two rival taxi groups attacked each other with knobkieries, sticks and a sjambok.

A rift had developed between the Masihambisane and Sizwe taxi associations over a taxi route from Newcastle to Johannesburg, flaring up into a protracted feud that resulted in the violent clash, said Zwane.

All weapons used in the violence were confiscated and two minibus taxis were impounded.

“We are maintaining a strong presence at the rank and taxi operations have been suspended pending negotiations among all stakeholders,” Zwane said.

Those arrested were aged between 22 and 50.

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