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The Department of Transport and Community Safety in the Eastern Cape has assured Mthatha residents that all transport services, including the Mthatha airport, will resume operations. This follows a suspension on Monday due to a taxi-related strike.

Provincial Transport spokesperson Unathi Binqose says that services at the airport were halted after five armed men wearing balaclavas stormed the facility, threatening to burn it down and ordered its immediate closure.

The five men were arrested after a shootout with police, with two of them sustaining injuries.

Binqose says Transport MEC Xolile Nqatha views the “invasion and forced closure of the Mthatha airport yesterday as a very irresponsible act and a direct provocation of the state”

“He has commended the police for the job well done in protecting that strategic point, and has also welcomed the resumption of services at the airport today,” adds Binqose.

He says Mthatha has welcomed the arrival of SANDF members, who are increasing their security presence to restore and maintain law and order.

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