Taxi association stops transporting people to Mall of Africa due to violence

ARMSTA says it’s registered to operate routes to Mall of Africa but a rival association bullied its drivers.

FILE: Traffic along the N1 as motorists make their way to the Mall of Africa on opening day, 28 April 2016. Picture: via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The Alexandra Randburg Sandton Taxi Association (ARMSTA) says its operators have temporarily stopped transporting people to the Mall of Africa because they are being intimidated by a rival taxi association.

A shootout between taxi drivers left three people wounded this week.

The conflict is over routes leading to the new mall in Midrand.

ARMSTA protested at the Department of Roads and Transport yesterday calling on the department to intervene to try stop the violent clashes between drivers.

The association's chairperson Sam Budzwa says it has been registered to operate the routes heading to Mall of Africa but a rival taxi association has bullied its drivers out the route.

"We can't operate from town because they are afraid, they moved away from Tembisa taxi rank to Oliven. They are all parked at Midrand and don't want to go back to town."