Gauteng Traffic Police have arrested 14 suspects in Orlando in Soweto for holding public transport operators and passengers hostage.

It is alleged that they are members of one of the local taxi associations.

Five of the suspects are said to be security guards.

“The suspects allegedly held two luxury busses, hostage, with the assistance of their security personnel, pointing firearms at drivers and passengers and demanded R5000 from each bus for the release thereof. The arrested suspects have been detained at Orlando Police Station and are expected to face charges relating to the pointing of firearms, armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms, and impersonating the duties of a traffic police officer. About four rifles, five handguns, and live ammunition were confiscated by the Gauteng Traffic Police,” says Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson Sello Maremane.