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Cops conduct blitz searches in volatile George

Earlier this week police made arrests and impounded taxis after disgruntled taxi drivers torched four buses.

Police reinforcements were called after taxi operators started intimidating the officers. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Traffic officials are conducting blitz searches in a bid to crack down on operators linked to the violent protests in Thembalethu.

Earlier this week police made several arrests and 14 taxis were impounded after disgruntled taxi drivers torched four buses.

The deafening blasts of stun grenades, which were set off earlier on Friday, is a clear indication it's still tense in the township. Traffic officers moved into the area and pulled over taxis.

Police reinforcements were called after taxi operators started intimidating the officers.

Police attempt to detain a man and take him in for questioning after scuffles broke out in Thembalethu, George. Taxi drivers argued that a police road block, where police were checking permits and roadworthiness was against their rights to do business. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

Police detain a taxi driver that resisted being taken in for questioning on 21 August in Thembalethu, George after drivers argued that a police road block, checking permits and roadworthiness was against their rights to do business. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Disgruntled taxi bosses claim the roadblock is unlawful.

They have also threatened to disrupt any further attempts to implement the Go George bus service.