Law enforcement confiscate 71 taxis

This follows the recent taxi violence in Midrand during which a woman was shot dead.

Police and forensics investigate the scene where a woman was killed during taxi violence on 9 October, 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Law enforcement officers have confiscated a total of 71 taxis in Johannesburg after the recent taxi violence in Midrand north of Johannesburg where a woman was shot and killed.

39-year-old mother Aniki Masanabo was shot in the head during crossfire between taxi bosses.

Her friend who was driving the vehicle at the time was wounded in the arm.

Both women were on their way to work when the violence broke out.

Three people have been arrested and will appear in the Alexandra Magistrates Court on Monday.

The Johannesburg Metro Police's Wayne Minaar says, "A total of 71 taxis were impounded yesterday during a combined operation by Gauteng Traffic Police, JMPD and SAPS. This was done to quell the recent taxi violence in the Midrand area."

He says taxi owners will have to pay a fee to get their taxis back.

"The owners of the taxi would have to pay R1,500 per each taxi, to have their taxis released."