Taxi protest turns violent

2012-05-17 16:17

Durban - Hundreds of minibus taxi drivers caused chaos after a protest in Durban turned violent on Thursday.

The taxi drivers were complaining that metro police officers were targeting them when issuing traffic fines.

“The organiser of the march failed to take control of the crowd and the protesters got violent. We had to deploy additional public order police to monitor the situation,” Naicker said.

He said after the protest people formed groups in different parts of Durban and caused chaos. Police were sent to disperse them.

Officers in about 15 metro police cars monitored the protest on Bram Fischer and KE Masinga roads. A Sapa reporter on the scene saw broken glass and people waving knobkerries.

Colonel Jay Naicker said the protest started on Thursday morning at the Botanic Gardens. The drivers marched to the city hall to hand over a memorandum.

Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi could not provide further details.

  • Kala - 2012-05-17 16:27

    Well considering the death and carnage and lawlessness on our roads by the taxi industry I think they should get stopped more often and get bigger fines.

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-17 16:29

    more proof that the DA is the innocent ones for their march?

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-17 16:32

      Whats the bet that their memorandum was written on a folded piece of paper, with no punctuation and written in 'Mxit' style lol ya...march suckers...until you behave, you will be treated like children

      Kala - 2012-05-17 16:34

      Someone should scan those memoranda and publish them. I bet they would be good for a few laughs.

      Kala - 2012-05-17 16:40

      Going to try again since my last post was deleted. Maybe someone should scan the various memorandums and publish them. I bet they'll be good for a few laughs.

      Aphiwe - 2012-05-17 16:49

      So how do you link the violence that ensued in Braamfontein Joburg between DA and COSATU with the outbreak of violence in Durban where taxi drivers were marching? Oh sorry, my bad, I get your logic now, ur prejudices were very subtle by the way - A%*.

      Daniel - 2012-05-17 17:37 reap what you sow!! Can only generalise in this case.

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-05-17 21:47

      Oh yes of course violenece is allowed when protesting.... That's what was said when DA marched to ja... But what really confuses me is taxis do not abide by the law so when they are stopped by metro they feel they are being victimised, protest about it and yet still not abide by the law?

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 16:30

    Now who would have guessed, a protest turning violent! A first (tsk) for South Africa.....

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-17 16:33


  • ditshegobt - 2012-05-17 16:34

    Most of the accidents caused by taxis,as they are alway involved in the accidents,is good whem metro police is always targeting them when giving fines.

  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-05-17 16:45

    Violent protests are just another part of our everyday life. Sad isn't it?

  • Dewald Du Plooy - 2012-05-17 16:48

    The metro police gives fines to people who break the rules of the road, like all the idiotic taxi drivers

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-17 17:08

    Typical kwazulu-natal taxi drivers most of them have got smelly armpits because they don't have time to bath or shower properly, they're busy driving their taxis like it's a grand prix race causing unnecessary road accidents.

      magaselal - 2012-05-18 14:20

      That's very hush considering that those very typical drivers have demands to be met n just my be because they have been associated with all the negative things hence your lack of speaking about taxi drivers as human let alone fathers,brothers n husbands to some, that disrespect courses retaliation to some. If they can't express themselves violence becomes a solution.

  • Nomcebo - 2012-05-17 18:00

    uMlazi is hectic as well. I just passed Mega City and also at V section. other taxis are stopping the working ones and some people are even coming out of windows. Its so sad because the same taxis took those people to work. what did they expect they will use to go back home

  • Danny - 2012-05-21 08:04

    so utterly disgusting - how can human beings behave in such a barbaric manner.Whatever happened to a civilised society? The leniency of the law is allowing people to take the law into their own hands.Every public facility provided for the use of the community is destroyed by these unscrupulous people.We have fought for our liberation and instead of building on the future people are goingh back to how it started.

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