Teargas used against Durban protesters

2012-05-18 14:18

Durban - Police used teargas and stun grenades to disperse taxi drivers in Durban on Friday on the second day of protests against the eThekwini metro police.

Journalists, passers-by, and students from the Durban University of Technology were affected by the teargas.

The incident happened between Pixley ka Sema (West) and Smith streets.

Police retaliated when about 100 protesters - some wielding metal pipes, knobkierries, planks, pangas, fire extinguishers, and hockey sticks -threw rocks at them.

Earlier Eugene Hadebe, chairperson for the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance spoke to the drivers, who then headed to the eThekwini transport authorities.

The clashes took place when they returned.

Prior to the clashes, police had stationed riot vehicles and a water cannon at Botha Gardens.

Police were attempting to negotiate with the drivers to disperse. The drivers claimed the metro police were unfairly targeting them.

On Thursday, police fought running battles with the drivers throughout the city centre. At least 20 people were arrested.

No arrests had been made by Friday midday.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-18 14:26

    Ahhh, wouldn't be South Africa if this did not happen. Seems that violence is the only solution to these hooligans!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-18 14:40

      Next time use live rounds... Bunch of barbarians animals. They belong in the wild...

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 14:44

      In Europe we have a saying "Smell the Coffee in the morning!". Unsure if here it translates to "Smell the Teargas in the morning" LOL!!!!

      liso.silwana - 2012-05-18 14:58

      mihaip007 you are in europe so shut up bcoz you don't see how taxi drivers are abused by metro taxi drivers viva!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 15:01

      liso.silwana - dear comrade - sorry to break it to you! I LIVE here! and I know how criminal these taxi drivers are on our roads! You can't lie to me because I experience taxi drivers EACH DAY!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-18 15:15

      @liso, if taxi drivers drove within the law and kept their taxi's roadworthy they wouldn't be harassed, stop with your victim mentality please.

  • Kala - 2012-05-18 14:31

    Time to move the water cannon and make way for the G5 cannon. That will disperse them quick enough.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-05-18 14:32

    Why are they using teargas to disperse the hooligan taxi drivers? I am sure the police have ammunition that has a more powerful and permanent affect to take these hooligans out. They are complaining because metro cops 'harass' them too much and they want the cops to leave them alone. What freaking planet do they live on? They demand that the cops leave them alone.What a joke.. They drive like hooligans, and behave in the same way now and wanted to be left alone so they can do what they like. Sad day in SA when we allow this to happen..

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-19 04:06

      27 0000 SAPS members cannot shoot, that is why they use teargas and water. if they use live rounds, they will just shot themselves instead of the taxi drivers!

  • Abdul - 2012-05-18 14:34

    Obey road rules and you wont get fined...take a look at how badly our drivers behave in "GOTCHA" on the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-05-18 15:20

    Keep it up Metro Officers! Eradicate these morons from our roads!

  • Louis - 2012-05-18 15:40

    Wouter Basson will probably be blamed for this...

  • Elaine - 2012-05-18 16:22

    amazing how THEY ARE ALLOWED TO CARRY WEAPONS when we, at a PEACEFUL protest were NOT EVEN ALLOWED a pole to hold our banners up!!!!

  • d4zza - 2012-05-18 17:12

    How's about the taxi drivers DON'T break laws and rules of the road, and then MAYBE the police won't have such easy targets?

      deabreu - 2012-05-18 18:40

      Taxi drivers are just pure rubbish. What we need is a decent public transport system that respect both passenger and other road users.

  • Phiwokuhle StGent Xulu - 2012-05-18 17:17

    are they gonna stop harassing da passengers as well? these barbarians r causin trouble ova nothing. once again the ppl of Durban townships r gonna b stranded n afraid to take buses bcos they might be stoned. yay! black Durban hooligan taxi drivers!

      luckyz.matyolo - 2012-05-18 17:52

      This is totaly nonsense u dnt feel pain of paying unecesary tickets?u talk like a passenger

      luckyz.matyolo - 2012-05-18 17:52

      This is totaly nonsense u dnt feel pain of paying unecesary tickets?u talk like a passenger

      luckyz.matyolo - 2012-05-18 17:52

      This is totaly nonsense u dnt feel pain of paying unecesary tickets?u talk like a passenger

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-18 19:46

    Govt made a tactical decision to leave apartheid-era taxi model in place after '94. This was a tactical error that will plague every province for ever more. Provide what we really need - reliable, safe, efficient, clean *public* transport that goes to places people need to go to at times people need them. Until this is done, we're forever doomed to those constant eruptions. Be it over alleged harassment by the law or route wars. In the middle are the real losers - working people, work seekers, students and employers. The knock-on effect of these skirmishes is never discussed but I think it contributing significantly to unemployment and our abysmal annual growth.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-19 05:33

      True, true and once again, true. I wish for your sanity to rain/reign down on the authorities.

  • Mbeki Eric Buthelezi - 2012-05-18 20:02

    well these metro police are harassing taxi drivers all day long. the worse part of it is that, these are just boys and girls that provoke our drivers. we will join them soon to wash Durbs away and its nonsense.

  • Shanan - 2012-05-18 22:58

    Unfortunately the taxi lords have so much power, I am sure these owners have links to powerful government jobs or contacts in our Provincial systems. We should advocate that no one should own more than one combi taxi and allow many unemployed people to each apply for a taxi licence and service the area they live in or nearby. The taxi industry is a mafia style operation. The government agencies need to tap into this model and restructure it to benefit the poor and individuals who aspire to make ends meet. Unfortunately this will never happen because this industry is a mafia like operation and many politicians derive benefit from this area. Put this opinion for discussion and we will get instant protests and killings. So sad, taxpayers are only taxpayers and nothing more. Give- give-give for your country

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