Cops seize 30 taxis after war over routes

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

A joint operation between the Johannesburg Metro police, transport department and SAPS, following last week's taxi violence, impounded 30 taxis.

About 10 taxis were badly damaged and a bakkie and one taxi burnt when violence flared between two rival taxi associations on Thursday.

The Alexandra-Randburg-Midrand-Sandton Taxi Association and the Alexandra Taxi Association were fighting over the Kyalami-Johannesburg route.

Two drivers were arrested and another one was shot and wounded in the arm.

On Friday, the taxis were impounded in a roadblock on Corlett Drive.

"The taxis that we impounded were on an inappropriate taxi route.

"Some did not have valid transport permits or were obstructing the flow of traffic," JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, said.

"We are not going to give back the taxis easily. There is too much fighting. As long as the violence continues and until order is restored on the roads, we are not going to release the taxis."