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Taxi driver assaulted and robbed in Olievenhout

He was robbed of his firearm during a clash between two rival taxi associations, allegedly over routes.

FILE: Taxi violence erupted over routes in Diepsloot and Olievenhout on 15 July 2015. Picture: Faizel Patel/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A taxi driver has been assaulted and robbed of his firearm following violence which erupted between two rival taxi associations over what is believed to be taxi routes in Olievenhout, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

Police fired rubber bullets to quell the clash between the two groups and two minibus taxis were also damaged during the ensuing violence.

The two vehicles were impounded by metro police, who were also conducting an operation in the area.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says no one has been arrested.

"There is a high possibility that the victim may identify the suspect. It is alleged that the victim is a queue marshal and was attacked while in his car. Police responded and the suspects ran away. The victim has since been taken to hospital."

Pictures: Faizel Patel.

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