10 arrested for PTA taxi violence

The 10 people apprehended on Friday following taxi violence in PTA have been arrested and charged.

Shots were fired and three people assaulted during taxi violence in the Pretoria CBD. Picture: Via Twitter @_MotsoB

PRETORIA - The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) on Saturday confirmed that the 10 people taken into custody following taxi violence in the Pretoria CBD this week have been arrested.

Several shots were fired and four people assaulted on Friday after a dispute between rival taxi associations broke out over taxi routes.

After the incident authorities temporarily prevented the two associations from operation pending a meeting while police and metro police officers closed off a section of Thabo Sehume Street to ensure the safety of morning commuters.

Authorities have since stopped Tembisa, Midrand and Simunye taxi associations from transporting passengers.

TMPD Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said, "The 10 people that were taken in for questioning where eventually charged. We've charged all of them for inciting taxi violence. They are currently in custody and we expect them to appear in court on Monday."

VAAL TAXI VIOLENCE

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

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said 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 would be charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

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