Conflict Between N4 Komatipoort Truck Drivers and Taxi Association Turns Violent in Viral Videos

Conflict Between N4 Komatipoort Truck Drivers and Taxi Association Turns Violent in Viral Videos

  • Truck drivers who travel on the N4 in Komatipoort, Mpumalanga and the N4/Komatipoort Taxi Patrol got into a heavy conflict
  • The battle allegedly started because taxi patrollers accused truckers of skipping the line of cars crossing the borders
  • Videos reveal the extent of the battle, where taxi patrollers destroyed truck tyres and truck drivers allegedly burned one of their cars

With eight years of experience, Tebogo Mokwena, a current affairs writer for Briefly News, provided insight into the criminal justice system and high-profile cases in South Africa at Daily Sun.

The N4/Komatipoort Taxi Association and truck drivers got into a violent clash
South Africans tried to guess why taxi drivers and truck drivers were fighting. Images: @Abramjee and @zito142
Source: Twitter

A skirmish between taxi drivers and truckers escalated into a full-blown conflict when a vehicle was burned and taxi patrol vehicles got into a car chase with the truck drivers. Videos of the conflict went viral. The clash resulted in damaged trucks as well as vehicles allegedly belonging to the taxi drivers.

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Taxi and truck drivers clash

According to an X tweet by @Abramjee, the war is between the Lebombo Taxi Association and truck drivers on the N4 in Komatipoort in Mpumalanga. A tweet by @RealTeeone showed their conflict allegedly started after the N4/Komatipoort Taxi Patrol issued a warning accusing truck drivers of jumping the queue crossing the border.

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Another video posted by @Umalumewebantu shows Taxi Patrol drivers deflating the tyres of the trucks that are waiting to cross the border.

In the first video posted by Yusuf Abramjee, a man narrates that taxi association drivers escaped after an alleged exchange of fire. A group of men are shown flocking around a patrol car before flipping in. In the other video, the car is shown burning.

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South Africans discuss the violence

Netizens speculated over why they were fighting and shared their theories.

Dinho asked:

“Are they fighting over smuggling illegal foreigners? One trucker once told me that truckers are the biggest smugglers of illegal foreigners.”

Benzito said:

“This war has been brewing for a while now. Taxi drivers beat up truck drivers for loading passengers. There’s lots of videos on TikTok.”

Sanele_dubas added:

“I stand with truck drivers. I don’t like how this taxi association was beating old men with a sjambok the other day.”

Toxic noted:

“People don’t realise this, but taxi associations have a lot of control over transport rules and regulations, control which they weren’t even given. They took it by force.”

DoneyM remarked:

“Taxi associations are ruling this country.”

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In a similar story, Briefly News reported that a British doctor was killed during the deadly Cape Town taxi protests.

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Kar Hao Teoh was reportedly on holiday when he took a wrong turn after leaving the airport. He got onto a route that led him into the heart of Nyanga, where he was approached by the suspects who gunned him down. Netizens condemned the senseless violence and the doctor’s untimely death.

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