Taxi dispute overroutes turns violent

2017-04-05 06:03

A TAXI route dispute between two rival taxi associations in Mpophomeni, near Howick, resulted in shots being fired last week.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial police said a 26-year-old taxi driver was travelling in a minibus taxi with passengers early yesterday when he was allegedly accosted by another taxi association’s security guards on the corner of Chris Hani Highway and Chief roads.

Police said four shots were fired at him, but he was not injured.

A man was arrested and will be charged with attempted murder. His firearm was also seized.

The clash stems from underlying issues over operating boundary lines for the Mafakathini Haza Taxi Association and Uzimeleni Taxi Association.

Secretary for the Uzimeleni Taxi Association Leonard Makhayi said they held a meeting yesterday afternoon with their rivals.

“We agreed that we will pull out one of our three taxis and allow their taxi to operate with our two taxis in their own area,” Makhayi said.

Makhayi said the problem escalated earlier this week when three minibus taxis belonging to Uzimeleni Taxi Association were impounded by the Mafakathini Haza Taxi Association.

“We won a contract to collect staff for a company operating in Howick recently, and because some of the staff live beyond our boundaries, our rival taxi association was not happy about us going into their area.

“Some of their clients reside in our area and we don’t have a problem with them coming to our side to collect staffers there,” said Makhayi­, adding that the Mafakathini Haza Taxi Association impounded three more vehicles belonging to their association, and they retaliated, and the clash ensued.

Regional chairperson of the association Bheki Sokhela condemned the incident.

He said the two parties should have met and resolved their differences before it could reach boiling point.

“We appeal to our drivers and operators to respect our commuters and stop the violence,” Sokhela said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.