The police are investigating the cloning of vehicles in the Mthatha taxi industry. These as irregularities with the registration papers of number of impounded taxis were discovered.

The mini buses were impounded as part of the efforts to curb taxi violence in the area.

More than 100 taxis were impounded when taxi operators retaliated against the closure of all taxi ranks.

The irregularities were then discovered when the vehicles were screened by the Department of Transport.

The implicated vehicles are still being held. Some of the impounded vehicles apparently have fake registrations.

The vehicle theft unit has discovered that some are registered as tractors, sedans and have their chassis tampered with.

Police are considering opening fraud and theft charges.

Nkonki Mazwe of Santaco says: “If you look at the latest you will find that this combi is registered as a Jaguar and that is operating, that is criminal elements. Those cars and those people must face the might of the law. We are not allowing that as Santaco to be party to criminality.”

Taxi violence in the area is affecting commuters as all ranks were shut down.

The Department of transport later re-opened a few of them. But the violence continues to reel its ugly head as commuters continue to bear the brunt.