During an operation in Brackenfell on Friday, December 3rd, twelve taxi drivers were arrested for allegedly intimidating and assaulting City traffic officers.
The incident is said to have occurred when officers attempted to impound 11 taxis, causing the taxi owners to allegedly become unruly.
According to City Traffic spokesperson Kevin Jacobs, four traffic officers were injured and treated, and two patrol cars were damaged.
Cases of assault and intimidation against traffic officers were reported in three locations: the corner of Bottelary and Kruispad roads, the Brackenfell Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC), and the corner of Okavango and Old Paarl roads.
FC van Wyk, a police spokesperson, said that 12 suspects aged 36 to 47 were arrested on allegations of hindering a traffic officer's duties, intimidation, and assault.
“Suspects are drivers and owners of taxis who belong to Bloekombos, Wallacedene, and Kraaifontein Taxi Association (Bloewata)," van Wyk said.
Van Wyk went on to say that a licensed firearm was discovered in the possession of one of the owners and that it would be subjected to ballistic testing.
Gershon Geyer, the provincial spokesperson for the SA National Taxi Council, condemned the violence and asked that "the law must take its course."
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