Gqeberha – The situation remained tense as violence spread quickly and residence scrambled to get out of the way on Wednesday when several minibus taxis and two cars were set alight in an alleged brawl in Gqeberha.
This happened after two vehicles collided on Durban road, Korsten, police said in a statement.
“It is… alleged that the driver of the taxi alighted and started to assault the driver of the Audi. Businessmen in the area immediately came to the assistance of the Audi driver. The Audi driver got into his vehicle and drove further up the road where his vehicle stalled. A group of taxi drivers attacked him and set his vehicle alight,” said the police.
A retaliation between the businessmen and the taxi drivers ensued, resulting in a total of eight taxis being set alight.
Police said that two other taxis were damaged and a civilian vehicle was also set alight, but no injuries were reported.
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“All the taxis were stationary at the rank. No one sustained any injuries,” police said, adding that a case of public violence had since been opened.
Gqeberha taxi drivers/owners fighting back pic.twitter.com/wto0qKaLne
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Compiled by Reginald Nhlapo