mophutinG CHANGES TUNE
THE taxi boss allegedly abducted by police last week is still clueless as to why the police raided his house.
Joe Mophuting, 49, spokesperson of the Dobsonville-Roodepoort-Leratong-Johannesburg Taxi Association (Dorljota) said yesterday that no one has explained to him why he was abducted by the police.
"After the story [in Sowetan], I was hoping that the police would call me to tell me who the people behind the whole thing were," Mophuting said.
"I am concerned because I don't understand why I was targeted in this fashion.
"Why me? I have never done anything wrong or against the law," he said.
"If the police wanted to ask me about my stance on BRT (bus rapid transit), they could have called me or come to my house and I would explain myself; not raiding my home in the early hours of the morning."
Last Friday, a team of police officers allegedly raided Mophuting's home in Dobsonville, Soweto, at 2am.
According to Mophuting, the men raided his house, searching every room, but did not find anything suspicious.
He claims they took him to the Johannesburg Central police station.
On his way there, Mophuting discovered that he had been "abducted" with Zweli Makhubu, the treasurer of the Bara-City Taxi Association.
The two were allegedly interrogated and asked to explain why they hated BRT. They were later taken back to their homes by a police captain known only as Mngomezulu.
But Mophuting has changed his tune about some of the things he told Sowetanpreviously.
"The way in which I was intimidated by the raid, I was prepared to quit if the association requested me to do so," he said.
"I definitely cannot rule out the possibility that such intimidation could come from the taxi industry or even the government."
Provincial police spokesperson Director Govindsamy Marimuthoo said Mophuting should come to the police and open a case so that it can be investigated.
"It is not our way to abduct people. We take his allegations seriously. Let him come forth and we will definitely investigate such conduct," said Marimuthoo.