Police bid to end taxi wars

Stop and search at the Centurion Gautrain station.

 

Police have stepped up efforts to curb violent clashes in the taxi industry.

On Thursday police held operations to

ease tension between minibus, meter and Uber taxis.

This was prompted by violence between rivals in the industry.

The Lyttelton police were joined by officers from Moot, Villieria, Sunnyside, Brooklyn and the Tshwane metro police, to swoop on trouble spots.

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Colonel Nishan Moodley of the Sunnyside police said it was vital for members to respond to violence promptly.

Moodley said police would not allow taxi wars to cause disruptions in the community.

“We will arrest perpetrators, but we will try to preventative measures first,” he said.

Moodley said cases of malicious damage to property had escalated and needed to be prevented.

He said the taxi conflict had turned into a situation where rivals attacked each other, and in some cases their own.

Captain Dave Miller spokesperson for the Lyttelton police in Centurion said curtailing the conflict between public transporters was a priority.

Miller said urgent matters that came up in the communities needed to be attended to, while police were also on the lookout for certain perpetrators.

“There are crime hot spots where suspects operate during a certain times targeting pedestrians going home from work.”

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The police also sought to assure people that visibility around the Gautrain station would be improved.

Miller said the station had become a hot spot for car break-ins and theft of cars.

“We have arrested some suspects, but we would like to warn the public that it is best to make use of the designated parking area inside the station,” Miller said.

Another area on the police’s crime watch was the pumping chamber at the Centurion lake, illegally occupied by vagrants.

During the operation, police discovered two fully grown dagga trees of four metres.

Miller said during a previous operation police also found dagga plants in the area, but the discovery of a tree with thick, long branches was quite a surprise.

Colonel Nishan Moodley briefing the members that formed part of the operation. Photos: Jason Milford

The pedestrian bridge in Hendrik Verwoerd drive is a hotspot for criminals.

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