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11 June 2016
The South African Police Service strongly condemned the actions of the taxi owners who were protesting and closing off roads across the Eastern Cape Province yesterday.
This follows after several roads across the Province have been blockaded by taxis and burning tyres and rubble form the early hours of yesterday morning.
A total of eighteen suspects have been arrested in across the province. All the suspects will appear in various courts soon on charges of arson, public violence and malicious damage to property.
Meanwhile four vehicles have been impounded in East London.
However, Protesting taxi operators called off their strike yesterday, on condition premier Phumulo Masualle’s government resolves the outstanding matters within seven days, government spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said yesterday.
This follows a meeting the taxi operators’ leaders held with Masualle at State House before they handed over their memorandum of demands at the Bhisho Stadium.
Operations at several Eastern Cape towns, townships and villages came to a complete standstill as hundreds of angry taxi drivers blockaded main roads into and out of townships such as Mdantsane, Cuba in Butterworth, Mthatha’s Ngangelizwe as well as Zwelitsha in King William’s Town from as early as 4am yesterday.
This saw thousands of commuters being left stranded and motorists unable to get to their workplaces for most of yesterday morning.