Taxi violence in the spotlight

Violence broke out in the Pretoria CBD after a disagreement on taxi routes.

10 people were taken into custody for questioning after a violent dispute between two rival taxi associations in the Pretoria CBD on Friday 12 July. Picture:Twitter

PRETORIA - Tshwane Metro Police will today meet with the taxi associations involved in inciting violence in the Pretoria CBD on Friday.

Several shots were fired and four people were assaulted.

It is understood the associations were disagreeing about taxi routes.

A total of 10 people were arrested and charged with inciting taxi violence.

They are currently in custody and are scheduled to appear in court today.

Authorities have also stopped Tembisa, Midrand and Simunye Taxi Associations from transporting passengers.

The police's Isaac Mahamba says the associations have until midday to submit their permits.

"We are giving them time to submit the documents we require from them. We need to ascertain who is responsible for the respective routes."

Mahamba said commuter safety is of the utmost importance.

"We felt that during the squabble the commuters might be affected so we decided the taxis must stop operating."

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.