Taxi violence continues in Jeffreys Bay

AUGUST 7, 2015

The Kouga Local Municipality has had to intervene in a local taxi war that has been going on for the past two weeks by closing Jeffreys Bay’s taxi ranks in order to safeguard the lives of commuters.

Two local taxi associations are fighting over the right to operate along a local taxi route.

The fighting has already seen violent confrontations between the rival associations. On Monday afternoon, a taxi driver was attacked and the tyres of a taxi slashed. The incident on the road between Jeffreys Bay and Aston Bay.

Last week, a fight broke out in the parking lot of the Tokyo Sexwale Stadium between the same rival associations as a taxi from one of the associations had begun to load passengers.

At least two men were injured during the fight - one with a likely knife wound.

Speaking to JBay News, Kouga Local Municipality Spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, confirmed that Kouga Local Municipal Manager, Sidney Fadi, had resorted to closing all the taxi ranks to ensure law and order is maintained.

“The taxi association did not want to resolve the situation, but kept on prolonging the strife,” Randall was quoted as having said.

“The municipality has the responsibility to maintain law and order, including the impounding of private taxis which operate without a licence. In this case when we heard that our communities were affected, we facilitated a peaceful solution together with the SAPS Jeffreys Bay Station Commander and Detective Branch.”

Jeffreys Bay police are reportedly currently investigating cases of common assault, malicious damage to property and the pointing of a firearm.

One suspect in his late thirties was arrested on charges of assault and malicious damage to property.