Pic: Journalist shot in the face as Mbalula warns taxis against lawlessness


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Shots have been fired in some areas around the country as police attempt to ensure order.

Reporter Mweli Masilela has been shot in the face on Monday during the conflict between taxi operators, and police in KwaNyamazane in Mpumalanga.

Journalist Shot

According to a tweet from the reporter, while covering a taxi protest, police fired rubber bullets. Only a few minutes after arriving in the area to cover the story, police arrived to disperse taxi drivers who were blocking roads leading to the townships.

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While at a press briefing on Monday morning, he confirmed the taxi industry was fast on a collision course with law enforcement.

“We cannot achieve these things by a state of lawlessness. You’re setting yourselves on a collision course with the state. In that instance, the law will have to be maintained.

“You’re daring the law, you’re challenging the authority of the state. There’s no need to do that.”

In Johannesburg, the Faraday Taxi Association, including the Bree Taxi Rank, adhered to the Covid-19 lockdown regulations, by continuing to load taxis at 70% capacity.

A storm is brewing in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal as taxi operators have closed off a highway.

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In Other News;

Mbalula slams Santaco’s call for taxis to operate at full capacity

Transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, has slammed the decision by the South African National Taxi Association to allow taxis to operate at 100% from Monday.

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“We condemn in the strongest possible terms, any call encouraging taxi operators to violate provisions of the law and promote lawlessness. We remain committed to taking forward our engagements and encourage the industry to ensure that any form of protest they embark upon, is within the parameters of the law,” Mbalula said in a statement on Sunday. Read more…..


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