Taxi violence suspects arrested

Perpetrators believed to be linked to a recent murder and ongoing taxi violence were arrested on Monday afternoon.

11 suspects were arrested following the murder of a taxi owner during protest action on the N11 near Mandela Drive. The deceased sustained multiple bullet wounds and bullet cartridges were found next to the body.

Middelburg Police spokesperson, Sgt Nonhlanhla Mdluli, said the police also arrested suspects affiliated with the taxi industry for public violence. Sgt Mdluli said “members of the Middelburg and Nasaret District Taxi Associations were armed and aggressive” during the protest. She added that the police arrested several taxi drivers and confiscated multiple firearms.

Both associations’ operating licences were recently restored after they had been revoked by the MEC for transport around three months ago. The two associations are disputing the Extension 24 and Rockdale routes.

• The family of the man that was gunned downed yesterday are yet to formally identify him.

Tiisetso Malunga

I have been working as a journalist/photographer since 2018 at the Middelburg Observer. Before joining Caxton I was a Journalism Student at the Tshwane University of Technology. I was also a broadcasting intern at the SABC in Pretoria. In my first year as a journalist I was awarded the Upcoming Journalist of the Year at the O H Frewin awards. My motto in life is ‘I am human before anything’ with that being said I am driven by human stories and I am a strong believer in justices and human rights.
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