Calm has returned to Rustenburg and Boitekong Township in the North West, following violent confrontations between taxi operators and the Bojanala Bus Company on Wednesday morning.

Hundreds of commuters were left stranded as taxi drivers impounded buses and moved them of the road.

The Boitekong and Meriting Taxi Association, which controls 567 taxis accuse the bus company of illegally increasing buses on its routes without notice. The association also alleges that the buses are using expired permits.

Association spokesperson John Kekana says they are negotiating with Bojanala to seek ways of ending the conflict.

“There was a misunderstanding this Wednesday morning. Yes it is true some of our drivers decided to take out buses off roads since last week and this morning. They did not know that we are negotiating with Bojanala. I want to apologise to the public for what happened this morning. Yes, Bojanala increased their buses after we increased taxi money, so we are meeting them next week to discuss this. Currently all buses are operating smoothly in the area.”