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Taxis have been set of fire in a taxi war in Johannesburg

A road in the central city of Johannesburg has been closed following the burning of four taxis, some of which were smashed and windows shattered.

Taxis were set on Von Weillig Road and Commissioner Street, near Carlton Center on Saturday morning.

The chairman of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in Gauteng, Johannes Buti Mkhonza, he said he had also been informed of the ongoing violence and blamed the war on the association.

Mkhonza said that they are busy trying to find solutions as it suspected that this war is between taxi associations.

There has been allegations that these taxi associations are fighting for a Soweto route. It is said that at least 4 taxis have been set on fire and burned very bad, but the total number of taxis and people who have been affected has not been confirmed.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesman Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed to the media that Commissioner Street had been closed.

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