تاکسیرانها در اعتراض به جريمه های بی مورد در دوربان بزرگراهها را بستند
Police used stun grenades to clear the roads this morning
Taxi drivers in KwaZulu-Natal have been warned that the blockading of public roads is illegal and will not be tolerated, the provincial MEC for transport, safety and security said today. Bheki Cele was responding to the more than 800 protesters and 150 taxis that blocked roads in and around Durban this morning.
Cele said those who were involved in such activities "would face the full might of the law".
Promising that it would never happen again, he said: "No government will tolerate unnecessary inconvenience caused to its citizens. The blockading of public roads is illegal and those involved as well as those who are contemplating such activities should immediately desist. We will use all our resources to remove these people and their vehicles. There will be no negotiations on the road and those involved will be arrested and face the full might of the law."
Kwazi Mbanjwa, the head of the provincial department of transport, reiterated Cele's words, warning that those involved in the blockading of roads would face maximum sentences, including stiff penalties for the towing of their vehicles and pound fees. "Even the leadership of the taxi industry in the province was not aware of this blockade. It seems that the taxi drivers just decided to do their own thing. If people have problems they must use the correct channels and procedures to address such problems. This will not be tolerated and we are working together with the SAPS and the Ethekwini municipality to ensure that this never happens again."
Durban police confirmed that 12 drivers taking part in Monday's blockade had been arrested and 18 taxis were impounded. Vincent Mdunge, a police spokesperson, says the blockade, which caused chaos as commuters could not use the M4 to and from Umlazi and Durban International Airport early this morning, had been removed.
Mdunge said the taxi drivers were protesting against the city council and police, claiming they were being stopped and fined unnecessarily on a regular basis. Some drivers claimed they were ticketed for about five offences in one day. Police dispersed the crowd and cleared the highway after using stun grenades.