THE lives of commuters again counted for nothing when taxis were pelted with stones and shots rang out. Taxi operators were battling for routes.
This time the taximen showed their disregard for their fellow humans during violence at Apel Cross outside Lebowakgomo, Limpopo.
The stand-off between rival taxi associations left one taxi burnt and four badly damaged.
The Masemola and Jane Furse taxi associations have been at loggerheads for 17 long years.
Jane Furse Polokwane Taxi Association chairman Mokgomarela Mogatsana claimed the Masemola Taxi Association launched attacks on them last week.
“They started to deny our taxis access to load commuters at all pick-up points from Ga-Masemola to Polokwane.
“On Tuesday it got worse. They pelted our taxis with stones, forcing them to stop and forcefully removed all the passengers.
“One of the taxis belonging to our association was burnt,” he claimed.
Mogatsana said they were concerned for their safety.
“When they burned the taxi they were holding guns and fired several shots. Our drivers had to run for their lives.”
Limpopo police commissioner, General Nneke Ledwaba, expressed his disappointment at the continued acts of violence between the two taxi associations.
Ledwaba warned members from both associations to use legal processes to raise their complaints.
“You cannot resolve your conflicts by committing crime. People who are carrying out these type of acts will be dealt with mercilessly,” he said.
A high number of public order police remained in the area.
The suspects involved in the incidents are still unknown.
Police appealed to anyone with information to contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or report to the nearest police station.