Santaco: Operations at Mall of Africa stopped until disputes are resolved

Three people were wounded in a shootout between taxi operators outside the shopping centre this afternoon.

Three people shot at Mall of Africa during an alleged taxi violence dispute. Picture: Twitter: @_ArriveAlive

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says taxi operations at the Mall of Africa will be stopped until disputes over the route in Midrand are resolved.

Three people were wounded in a shootout between taxi operators outside the shopping centre this afternoon.

WATCH: A person injured in the shootout is airlifted to hospital

Santaco says the violence is the result of a long running dispute between associations.

The council's Ralph Jones says, "People walk a few kilometres to board a taxi to their destination. Until this thing has been resolved, there are law enforcement [officers] that are around the area."

Meanwhile, the Mall of Africa has distanced itself from the incident, saying the apparent taxi violence is unrelated to operations at the shopping centre.

Spokesperson Vanessa Sourie says, "It happened off our premises and all we are aware of, and can confirm, is that it's two taxi associations. We don't know what the cause of the conflict is."

One man who witnessed the shooting says the rivalry is between two associations.

"It's between Ivory Park Taxi Association and the Alexandra Taxi Association. The problem starts with the registration of the routes."

Four people have been arrested for being in possession of unlicensed firearms.

Additional reporting by Queenin Masuabi