Taxi drivers held after bus protest
Twenty-eight taxi drivers from Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, were arrested yesterday for holding an illegal gathering.
Police said drivers affiliated to the Orange Farm United Taxi Association (Ofuta) held a gathering at a taxi rank in Extension 2 to protest against three bus companies operating in the area.
Captain Johannes Motsiri said the drivers were demanding that the Mqhibelo, Gauteng Coaches and Ipelegeng bus companies should not be allowed to operate in the area.
"The buses are working in Orange Farm legally. They are listed in the Gauteng transport registrar and they all have the right to operate," Motsiri said.
He said police had heard on Tuesday that the drivers were planning the march and warned them not to proceed with their action because they lacked the required authorisation.
Ofuta spokesman Edmen Tshinyolo said the buses threatened their businesses. Buses charged R3 a trip, but taxis charged R5 on the same route.
The drivers are being held in custody and will appear in the Vereeniging magistrate's court tomorrow.