At least four taxis were burnt in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday morning after violence erupted between rival associations.
Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Xolani Fihla said the incident took place at the intersection of Von Weillig and Commissioner streets after warring associations allegedly clashed over routes.
Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo says he holds association leaders responsible for the incidents.
“We hold leaders responsible for this. They should really be ashamed of themselves that they’ve put the industry that is trying to rebuild and reorganise itself that really undermines completely the effort that we have put in place.”
The MEC urged police to arrest those who carried out the acts of criminality.
“They must get to the bottom of this matter. We can’t have flames in our streets in the most critical and commercial sites.”
The incident comes only days after similar scenes were seen in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape during a clash between the taxi industry and Somali business owners.
It’s understood a collision between a car and a taxi sparked the tensions that left at least eight taxis torched and several shops destroyed.
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