- 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
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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.
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.
South Africans discuss the violence
Netizens speculated over why they were fighting and shared their theories.
“Are they fighting over smuggling illegal foreigners? One trucker once told me that truckers are the biggest smugglers of illegal foreigners.”
“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.”
“I stand with truck drivers. I don’t like how this taxi association was beating old men with a sjambok the other day.”
“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.”
“Taxi associations are ruling this country.”
British doctor killed in Cape Town
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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Source: Briefly News