Cape Town – Several taxis were set alight, causing pandemonium on Von Weilligh and Commissioner streets in Johannesburg on Saturday morning.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson, Wayne Minaar confirmed that routes were closed following taxi violence that erupted between two rival associations in the area.
Commissioner Str in the JHB CBD is closed off to traffic btw Delvers & Kruis Str. This is following Taxi Violence. The situation is calm, Police & @CityofJoburgEMS are present. Motorists are advised to avoid & to use alternative routes. #JHBTraffic #JoburgRoadSafety pic.twitter.com/JMnZJjaciI
— Jo’burg Metro Police Department – JMPD (@JoburgMPD) October 16, 2021
“Four taxis were torched and burned out. There are few other taxis damaged like broken windscreens and windows smashed out. Fortunately the fire has been extinguished as the fire department is already on the scene.
Taxi violence: JHB CBD. pic.twitter.com/uQCYiyq4tc
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 16, 2021
“There is a conflict between two associations which started this fight. We will investigate to establish what caused the conflict.
“One person, a taxi driver was injured and had to be taken to hospital. No other injuries of serious nature were reported. The situation is under control with a strong police visibility on the scene. No arrest made yet,” Minaar said.
He urged motorists to use alternative routes.
Jhb Cbd pic.twitter.com/M8f95ZAS06
— Ipe M. (@IMafereka) October 16, 2021
What’s happening in JHB CBD shows how lawless and dysfunctional our country is. When Ramaphosa ends his term as a president South Africa will be left in shambles beyond repair!
— Ke Mopedi Twii🇿🇦 (@Sphee_Saw) October 16, 2021
Compiled by Reginald Nhlapo