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Shots have been fired in some areas around the country as police attempt to ensure order.
Reporter Mweli Masilela has been shot in the face on Monday during the conflict between taxi operators, and police in KwaNyamazane in Mpumalanga.
According to a tweet from the reporter, while covering a taxi protest, police fired rubber bullets. Only a few minutes after arriving in the area to cover the story, police arrived to disperse taxi drivers who were blocking roads leading to the townships.
Just got shot while covering the #TaxiShutdown in KaNyamazane in Mpumalanga. Police fired rubber bullets just a few minutes after arriving in the area to disperse taxi drivers who were blocking the road leading to the township. 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/uuh9ZLqptC
— Mweli Masilela (@mwelimasilela) June 29, 2020
While at a press briefing on Monday morning, he confirmed the taxi industry was fast on a collision course with law enforcement.
“We cannot achieve these things by a state of lawlessness. You’re setting yourselves on a collision course with the state. In that instance, the law will have to be maintained.
“You’re daring the law, you’re challenging the authority of the state. There’s no need to do that.”
In Johannesburg, the Faraday Taxi Association, including the Bree Taxi Rank, adhered to the Covid-19 lockdown regulations, by continuing to load taxis at 70% capacity.
A storm is brewing in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal as taxi operators have closed off a highway.
— 👑Dlangamandla👑 (@Gaise_Nongedzi) June 29, 2020
In Other News;
Transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, has slammed the decision by the South African National Taxi Association to allow taxis to operate at 100% from Monday.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms, any call encouraging taxi operators to violate provisions of the law and promote lawlessness. We remain committed to taking forward our engagements and encourage the industry to ensure that any form of protest they embark upon, is within the parameters of the law,” Mbalula said in a statement on Sunday. Read more…..