Police, operators want taxi-rank culprits to face justice

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

A special meeting has been called to "snuff out" the culprits who caused the mayhem at the Clermont Taxi rank in Durban on Tuesday.

In a Wild West type of shooting, four people were injured, one seriously. Two people arrested.

A shootout erupted at about 4am on Tuesday when the Durban Liner, South Beach, North Beach and Pinetown taxi associations forced their way into the Clermont taxi rank and started loading passengers.

Three people were treated for gunshot wounds at the scene and a fourth man was taken to hospital when police pulled over the vehicle he was travelling in.

The driver and a male passenger were arrested.

Taxi bosses in KwaZulu-Natal have apologised for the injuries and inconvenience caused to passengers.

After an emergency meeting on Wednesday, they pledged to find those responsible and said that they would ensure action was taken against them.

Muntu Ngcobo, PRO for the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance, said a meeting is scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday.

"Only taxi owners will be at the meeting, as we want taxis to run as usual on the day.

"It will be a serious meeting because we want the truth to come out, so that we can get to the bottom of the problem," said Ngcobo.

KwaZulu-Natal Taxi Council deputy chairman Bongani Hadebe said taxi operators were expecting all taxi operators to attend a meeting "to resolve the dispute".

"We decided that all operators must come out and identify those people who caused the problem.

"The people responsible should be disciplined and face charges," Hadebe said.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance chairman Eugene Hadebe said "innocent bystanders" should not suffer because of taxi tensions.