Update on taxi violence in Masemola

Following the tense situation in Masemola Policing area outside Lebowakgomo yesterday on 2018-07-09, the situation is now calm, five cases of malicious damage to property and attempted murder were opened but there is no arrest yet however police investigations are continuing.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General NnekeLedwaba still condemns with great disappointment the continuous acts of violence which is prevalent within the Taxi Industry in some parts of the Province especially in the Jane Furse and Masemola Policing areas outside Lebowakgomo.

These words by the Provincial Commissioner are precipitated by the ongoing Taxi feud which erupted between the Masemola and Jane Furse Taxi Associations.

This impulse has been on and off since some months back until yesterday on 2018-07-09 which resulted in the torching of one (01) taxi and the damaging of four other taxis and alleged sporadic incidents of shootings.

The Public Order Police Unit is still monitoring the situation.

The persons responsible for these incidents are still unknown but we are appealing to both Taxi Associations to cooperate with Police by exposing those involved.

Anyone who knows who the suspects are, may contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or the Crime Stop number 0860010111 or SMS Crime Line on 32211 or the nearest Police Station.

Members of the community especially those who are in the Taxi industry are once more urged to stop and refrain from these irresponsible acts. Communities are advised to rather follow the due legal processes to raise their complaints and conflicts until they are resolved without causing any harm to others.

You cannot resolve your conflicts by committing crime because there is no justifiable reason to attack each other and also damage the property in the name of business. People who are still perpetrating these violent acts are going to be dealt with mercilessly and without compromise, concluded General Ledwaba.

Source: South African Police Service