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Mbalula condemns violence in metered taxi operation

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has condemned violence by metered taxi operators; those who instigate attacks against Uber drivers will face the full mighty of the law.

Fikile April Mbalula is the Minister of Police in the Cabinet of South Africa

This comes after chaos break out between the two taxi operations last month, near the R21 heading to the OR Tambo International Airport and the Gautrain stations.

Reports confirmed that a driver did of Monday after his car was firebombed in Sunnyside two weeks ago.

Mbalula says people who are deeply involved in taxi violence will be arrested.

“There’s nobody who’s got the right to kill or to do anything to anyone because they disagree. The state, led by the police, must arrest those people.”

He added that their concerns will be addressed formally without involving violence or disruption.

“And we need to talk to them because they are our brothers. Our people, as much as we grew up, this is black industry they have lived on taxis.”

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi condemned the violence, saying he too will soon meet with the metered taxi association and Uber to try to resolve the conflict.