Police arrest taxi operators after shootout over routes | South Africa News

Police arrest taxi operators after shootout over routes | South Africa News

Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa arrested 10 minibus taxi operators, aged between 26 and 44, soon after a shoot-out erupted during an alleged conflict over routes in the area, Limpopo police said on Sunday. “The feud over these routes has been brewing since December 2018 and despite the intervention by the relevant authorities the factions seem hellbent on causing havoc,” Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said. The shooting incident allegedly took place at around 1pm on Friday after security vehicles hired by one taxi association to escort their taxis operating in a disputed area were confronted and chased away by a group of people believed to be members of another taxi association. The occupants of these security vehicles then responded by shooting at these taxis. In the process, three men were seriously wounded and three Toyota Quantum minibus taxis belonging to a local taxi association were damaged. Police were called and immediately responded…

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