CoJ officials to visit man allegedly stabbed by striking taxi drivers

Nadeem Hoosen claims that he was attacked by a group of taxi drivers who had blocked the N1 highway near Beyers Naude Drive after he asked them to move their vehicles so he could pass.

Taxi drivers mobilised under the banner of the National Taxi Alliance and marched through the streets of Pretoria calling for the removal of Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - An official from the City of Joburg together with a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) delegation will on Thursday morning visit a Lenasia man who was allegedly stabbed by striking taxi drivers.

Nadeem Hoosen claims that he was attacked by a group of taxi drivers who had blocked the N1 highway near Beyers Naude Drive after he asked them to move their vehicles so he could pass.

Hoosen says that JMPD officers spurred the taxi drivers on, calling him derogatory names.

Gauteng MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun says that these claims are concerning.

“We’ll be visiting his home to make sure that he’s not badly injured and we already want to investigate allegations of Metro Police sitting back and not wanting to assist.

“Even worse, to say that Metro Police officers actually encouraged protesting taxi drivers to harm the gentleman.”

Thousands of taxi drivers affiliated to the National Taxi Alliance marched on the office of the Transport Minister and the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday over the scrapping of traffic fines and licensing issues, among other things.