Association blames ‘pirates’

2013-06-03 00:00

THE Mkondeni Taxi Association are not against lift clubs, but are rather opposed to “pirates” who transport people “unlawfully”.

The association yesterday responded to an article that was published on Wednesday where a bakkie driver, Thulani Duma, was allegedly beaten up by a mob of angry taxi drivers while transporting commuters to work along C.B. Downes Road in Mkondeni.

According to the association’s vice chairperson Dan Govender, the bakkie driver is a “pirate” because he isn’t allowed to transport people.

Govender said they have been keeping an eye on Duma and have warned him before not to transport their potential clients to work.

Duma claimed that the taxi drivers who attacked him had knobkerries, sticks, bushknives and that he only fired a random shot at them after he heard a gunshot.

But the association’s public relations officer, KC Ngcobo, denied these allegations and said only taxi owners have guns and not taxi drivers. He claimed the fight was spar-ked off after Duma fired a shot first.

The association said they pay taxes, bookkeepers and rank stands and lose lots of money due to “pirates”. The association said they are not subsidised by government.

Ngcobo said a fight could break out if the issue of “pirates” and taxi drivers is not resolved by authorities. Ngcobo said the injured driver was recovering at home after allegedly being shot four times.

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