Police working to restore law and order after taxi drivers bring Mthatha to standstill

2018-04-13 21:57
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Eastern Cape police have put measures in place to restore order in Mthatha, after taxi drivers brought the town to a standstill. 

Violence erupted between taxi drivers and police in the town on Friday. 

Last month, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced the immediate and indefinite closure of major taxi routes in Mthatha. 

By then, taxi violence had already claimed 60 lives since 2016.

On Friday, the province's acting police commissioner Major General Andre Swart condemned the disruptions.

"We robustly condemn these acts of criminality and assure the community of our unwavering commitment in ensuring their safety. The protection of our citizens and their property is of utmost importance and we will undertake this task with vehemence.

"Our mandate also extends to protecting our law enforcement officials as well as the property of the state," Swart said.   

He warned members of the public to be extra cautious when passing through Mthatha. 

No casualties have been reported.

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