TAXI WARS LEAD TO MURDER
Brits – A 40-year old man died at a hospital in Brits from injuries sustained during a violent confrontation between taxi operators.
At least 11 people were arrested by the police following the incident, which occurred at the taxi rank near Spoorweg Street on Thursday 6 February.
The territorial disputes between rival taxi operators for routes between Rustenburg, Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa and Hartbeespoort Dam are believed to have fuelled the confrontations.
Police spokesperson colonel Adelé Myburgh said that during the unrest, four taxis were allegedly damaged after they were hit with knobkerries, iron rods, sticks and pelted with stones.
Five men were injured and taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.
“Three victims were released from hospital shortly after receiving treatment. One victim was admitted to hospital at the intensive care unit with serious head injuries and another victim died in hospital,” Myburgh said.
“The identity of the deceased is still unknown,” she added.
The suspects appeared before the Brits Magistrates’ Court on 10 February.
Police are investigating cases of murder, attempted murder, public violence, malicious damage to property and possession of dangerous weapons.
North West member of the executive council for community safety and transport management Sello Lehari discouraged taxi operators from engaging in violence to settle their differences.
Anyone with information that can assist police with this investigation is requested to contact lieutenant colonel Pieter Claassens on 082 373 9831, or sergeant Gomotsegang Boikanyo on 060 937 7745 or 012 318 6110. Alternatively, you can call the Crime Stop Hotline on 08600 10111.
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