19 expected in court as ECape taxi strike called off for now

JUNE 11, 2016

At least nineteen suspects are expected in to appear in various courts in the Eastern Cape after they were arrested during Friday's province-wide taxi industry strikes on charges ranging from arson to public violence and malicious damage to property.

"Nine suspects, aged between 30 and 45, have been arrested in East London; three suspects, aged between 31 and 56, have been arrested in Zwelitsha; five suspects, aged between 25 and 30, have been arrested in Bhisho and a 40 year-old suspect has been arrested in King William’s Town," the police said. 

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Four vehicles were also impounded in East London.

"A 45 year-old suspect has also been arrested after he was positively identified by the victim, who was robbed of her handbag at the bus next to Quzini Location, near King William’s Town. The suspect will appear in court soon on a charge of robbery."   

Acting Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Major General Zamuthango Mki condemned the actions of the taxi owners/drivers.

“SAPS members will continue to monitor the situation at all the areas where there are protests. In the same light we call on all stakeholders to abide by the law and use all the relevant channels to have their grievances addressed."

The taxi strike was called off on Friday, for a week, to allow government to discuss the petition handed over by the drivers in Bhisho.