Police keep an eye on taxi chaos

POLICE are maintaining a strong presence and keeping a watchful eye on the Port Shepstone taxi rank on the South Coast.

POLICE are maintaining a strong presence and keeping a watchful eye on the Port Shepstone taxi rank on the South Coast.

Yesterday four taxis were damaged when stones were hurled at them.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Zandra Wiid said they suspected that the incidents were related to route disputes between the rival Bambanani Taxi Association and Gamalakhe Taxi Association. No one was injured.

"The first taxi was stoned at about 6am, and the three others at about 11am," Wiid said.

"We are not sure why they were stoned but we suspect it is related to route disputes between the rival associations.

"Though the situation is calm the police are keeping a close watch and will remain at the taxi rank until they are convinced that the situation is back to normal."

No one was injured or arrested, with Wiid saying they will only investigate if any of the taxi owners laid a charge.

Meanwhile, MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Willies Mchunu has welcomed the R70000 fine and suspension of driver's licence for six months imposed on a speedster nabbed at Sezela driving at 252kmh on Wednesday by the Scottsburgh magistrate's court.

The 30-year-old man was arrested by Road Traffic Inspectorate officers after they gave chase when he failed to stop.

They said he had been under the influence of alcohol.

"This car was nabbed doing 252kmh on the N2 southbound," said Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu.

"The owner was under the influence of alcohol and failed to stop when the traffic officers ordered him to do so."

A traffic officer gave chase and the driver was apprehended in Amanzimtoti after other traffic officers joined the chase, Mngomezulu said.

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