Taxi drivers in Pretoria CBD threaten to shut down capital

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Taxi drivers have disrupted all public transport operations in the Pretoria CBD as they seek justice for the death of one of their colleagues allegedly killed by foreign nationals on Wednesday.

Taxi operators allege there’s corruption involving police which led to the mysterious murder.

The protest soon turned violent after scores of rioters vandalised and looted foreign-owned shops, leaving some of them burning to the ground.

According to taxi drivers who spoke with the media on Wednesday, the violence targeted at foreign-owned shops is a direct response to the murder of their fellow driver, a man only known, for now, as Jabu.

Jabu was allegedly shot as he tried to prevent foreign nationals from selling a notorious drug known colloquially as Nyoape to addicts.

Some drivers claim police corruption prevented them from making official complaints about crime in the city despite claiming they have evidence drug dealing and other crimes are taking place at foreign-owned stores.

The drivers noted that they want Police Minister, Bheki Cele to come out to the capital and address the situation.

Until then, the drivers warned, “we will ensure that there is no taxi or other transit system coming in and out of the CBD.”

Tshwane road and transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge said the situation in the inner city is still volatile and police are on the ground to monitor the situation.




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