53 arrested after shooting near Mall of Africa

Police say they led an operation immediately after the shooting, which resulted in them making the arrests.

The new Mall of Africa in Midrand. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed that 53 people have been arrested following the shootout near the Mall of Africa in Midrand, leaving three people wounded.

The three were shot and wounded yesterday during a violent confrontation between taxi associations over a route dispute.

Police say they led an operation immediately after the shooting which resulted in them making the arrests.

The police's Tsekiso Mofokeng says they face various charges.

"Immediately after the incident that happened yesterday, the police initiated an operation. We can confirm that 53 people have been arrested, and they are all being charged with attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and public violence."

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At the same time, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has called on taxi owners, to treat their drivers with respect, as this affects the way they treat commuters.

A meeting with Nkosi-Malobane, Transport MEC Ismail Vadi and taxi bosses is underway.

It is aimed at discussing issues faced by the industry, including the safety of commuters on roads.

Both MECs and the owners have had an opportunity to share their grievances, including the behaviour of taxi drivers.

Nkosi-Malobane says bosses need to take responsibility for the actions of their employees.

At the same time, there's been discussion over the failure of traffic officials to uphold the law, including corruption at driving schools.

The MEC says drivers should take their jobs and physical appearance more seriously.

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