Mall of Africa routes: ARMSTA calls on cops to enforce law

ARMSTA has approached the police after three taxi drivers were wounded last week in taxi violence.

ARMSTA says government must intervene because other operators have hijacked their routes. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand and Sandton Taxi Association (ARMSTA) has called on police to enforce a court order instructing a rival association to stop intimidating drivers working along the Mall of Africa route.

ARMSTA approached the police after three taxi drivers were wounded last week in taxi violence.

Earlier this week, three people were wounded in a shootout near the Mall of Africa in a dispute over routes between taxi bosses.

Yesterday, more than 1,000 ARMSTA drivers did not report for duty, fearing for their safety.

ARMSTA spokesperson Sam Budzwa said, "They must refrain from intimidation and pushing our cars off the road. There is nothing that has been agreed to and I don't think there will be an agreement because we have these routes in our registration document; ARMSTA don't have these routes."

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Last week, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said his department was working on a permanent plan to address permit issues believed to be the cause of ongoing taxi violence in Midrand.

Police confirmed that 53 people were arrested following the shootout.

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

Vadi said seven associations were consulted before the shopping centre was opened but one of them appears to be claiming rights to particular routes.

The MEC condemned the taxi violence over the last few weeks adding that there has been continuous engagement among associations.