WATCH | Chaos in Gqeberha as several minibus taxis, 2 cars set alight

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  • Eight taxis and two cars were set alight after a fight between businessmen and a group of taxi drivers.
  • It's alleged the fight was caused by a collision between a taxi and an Audi.
  • The situation is still tense - and police are monitoring the situation. 


Several minibus taxis and two cars were set alight in an alleged violent brawl in Gqeberha on Wednesday.

The taxis and the cars were set alight on Durban Road, Korsten, on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the police, there was a collision between an Audi and a taxi.

"It is further alleged that the driver of the taxi alighted and started to assault the driver of the Audi," police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu said.

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"The Audi driver got into his vehicle and drove further up the road, where his vehicle stalled. A group of taxi drivers attacked him and set his vehicle alight."

She added that businessmen in the area immediately came to the assistance of the Audi driver. 

When the businessmen retaliated, a fight ensued, resulting in a total of eight taxis being set alight, two taxis damaged and a civilian vehicle also set alight.  

All the taxis were stationary at the rank. No one sustained any injuries.

According to reports by HeraldLive, the violence allegedly erupted after a car accident between a Somali man and another male, which led to an argument and a fist fight.

"People started to set the Somali shops in Durban Road alight and, in turn, they started burning the taxis," the eyewitness told HeraldLive.

No arrests were made, but a case of public violence was opened for investigation.

Naidu said the situation was still tense.

The police are on high alert and will remain in the area to monitor the situation.


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