Taxi routes related violence resurface in Ga-Masemola

GA-MASEMOLA – Five cases of malicious damage to property and attempted murder were opened and no arrests were made following taxi routes related violence which resurfaced between Masemola and Jane Furse taxi associations on Monday.

Police said the situation was calm and Public Order Police Unit was monitoring the affected Ga-Masemola area.

Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said the impasse had been on and off for months back until Monday 09 July 2018 when a taxi was torched, four others damaged with sporadic incidents of shootings.

Ngoepe said people responsible for the incidents were still unknown but police were appealing to both taxi associations to cooperate with them through exposing those involved.

“Anyone who knows who the suspects are may contact Captain Richard Bohsomane at 079 894 5501 or the crime stop number 08600 10111 or the crime line sms 32211 or the nearest police station,” informed Ngoepe.

Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, Saps Provincial Police Commissioner, discouraged with great disappointment and disgust the continuous acts of violence within the taxi industry in some parts of the province, especially in Jane Furse and Ga-Masemola.

Ledwaba encouraged members of the community, especially those in the taxi industry to stop and refrain from irresponsible acts and rather follow due legal processes to raise their complaints and conflicts until they are resolved without causing harm.

He said they could not resolve their conflicts by committing crime because there is no justifiable reason to attack each other and also damage properties in the name of business.

“People who are still perpetrating this type of acts are going to be dealt with, mercilessly and without compromise,” concluded Ledwaba.

Thapelo Motseo

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