Shots fired in Pretoria taxi violence

The violence appeared to stem from a dispute between two rival taxi associations.

The taxi violence in the Pretoria CBD on 12 July appears to be as a result of a dispute between two rival taxi associations. Picture: Via Twitter @_MotsoB

PRETORIA - Shots were fired and three people assaulted during taxi violence in the Pretoria CBD on Friday morning.

The Tshwane Metro Police's Isaac Mahamba said the violence appeared to be as a result of a dispute between two rival taxi associations.

Police and metro police are on the scene and have closed off a section of Thabo Sehume Street.

"What we can confirm is that there are three people who were assaulted."

Mahamba said authorities have taken four people in for questioning.

VAAL TAXI VIOLENCE

Earlier this month, four people believed to be responsible for initiating taxi violence were arrested.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says the group were found in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition in the Vaal, south of Johannesburg.

Authorities said they were following information related to taxi violence as well as weapons used by so-called 'hitmen'.

Dlamini said the suspects will be charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

He said the suspects could also face charges of murder and attempted murder.