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Masiphumelele residents boycott taxis after scuffle

Residents are at loggerheads with drivers after they refused to participate in a planned anti-drug campaign.

Taxis are pictured in Masiphumelele on 10 May 2016. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Masiphumelele residents say they will temporarily boycott taxis after some drivers allegedly assaulted residents.

Community members say the attacks come after taxi operators refused to participate in anti-drug march last week.

Disorder erupted in Masiphumelele this morning when taxi drivers clashed with residents over the boycott.

Residents appear to have found alternative transport following disruptive protests this morning.

Police say they were forced to use stun grenades to disperse a group of disgruntled taxi drivers, who had clashed with community members.

A resident hesitantly told Eyewitness News drivers assaulted them for staging demonstrations near the rank.

"The community walked past the taxis and they didn't claim (sic) the taxis because they beat the community. They want an apology from the taxi drivers."

The community remains hopeful issues of conflict will be resolved at a meeting tonight.

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