Eleven suspects arrested for taxi violence in Port St Johns released

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The eleven suspects arrested for taxi violence in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape have been released due to insufficient evidence.

Three people were killed in the shoot-out between two taxi associations on Tuesday.

Tensions were high when the suspects did not appear in court on Thursday.

Police Spokesperson, Siphokazi Mawisa, “A team of detectives from the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation are probing the cases and the investigation is ongoing. Police are requesting that the team be given space to work and any further progress will be communicated.”

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Uncedo Taxi Association president Fuzile Mtshengele has vowed to meet with the feuding leadership of the Border Alliance Taxi Association to find a solution to the recent taxi violence that paralysed Port St Johns.

It is alleged the two taxi associations engaged in a shoot-out at a Port St Johns taxi rank. Three Uncedo Taxi Association security guards were killed while five others sustained gunshot wounds.

The R61 road between Port St Johns and Lusikisiki has been closed by the Uncedo Taxi Association for the whole day on Thursday.

Mtshengele says they want an amicable solution.

“For three years, the killings stopped because of the discussions between the two taxi associations. What happened was a surprise. The reason we are here is because we want another three years or more without anyone getting injured. Tomorrow, we will try and meet with the leadership of the Border Alliance to try and resolve the matter.”

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