Police in Limpopo have made 11 arrests in connection with violence between two taxi associations in Giyani, Mopani District. A recent taxi association feud lasted for a couple of days. During the arrests, one licensed firearm was confiscated.

In one incident that occurred on 24 August at about 08:30, a 48-year-old taxi driver was allegedly attacked and injured by a rival group driving in a Toyota Quantum. During the attack, he stopped the vehicle, alighted, and ran on foot. He was further attacked with stones and shots fired at him. But the driver managed to survive the attack with serious injuries.

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The confrontations between the two taxi associations, which have a history of disputes, escalated into violence over the past two weeks.

Intensive investigations by the Provincial Taxi Violence Investigation Unit in conjunction with the Public Order Police (POPS) Unit and community members led to the identification and apprehension of the suspects believed to be involved in the violent clashes in an operation that was conducted from Sunday 03 September until the early hours of Monday 04 September.  

GIYANI TAXI VIOLENCE CONDEMNED

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has condemned the violence. She applauded this team for arresting the suspects which demonstrates the SAPS commitment to maintaining law and order and protecting the safety and security of all citizens.

“We also appreciate the cooperation of community members and urge everyone to choose non-violent means to resolve disputes and conflicts. Violence only leads to harm and disrupts the lives of innocent residents,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The arrested suspects aged between 34 and 64 will appear before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 05 September. They are facing charges related to public violence, assault GBH and attempted murder.