Eastern Cape police respond to deadly Mthatha taxi violence

AUGUST 17, 2016

In response to the outbreak of deadly taxi violence witnessed in Mthatha in recent weeks, Eastern Cape police launched Operation Vulindlela to restore confidence in both taxi operators and commuters. Several people have already lost their lives in the latest violence.

As a result, police in Mthatha issued 41 traffic fines, impounded 53 vehicles including taxis on Monday alone.

"Two stolen motor vehicle were recovered during Operation Vulindlela that were conducted by SAPS, Provincial, Mhlontlo, Nyandeni traffics and KSD municipal police," Eastern Cape police said.

"A meeting was also held on 10 August, to try and resolve the conflict and resolutions were taken by all stakeholders.

"The meeting was chaired by Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga. Representatives from Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Presidents of Uncedo Taxi Association and Border Alliance Taxi Association and Chairpersons of various local taxi associations attended the meeting."

The operation is set to continue until order is restored.