Police and Civilians Injured in Taxi Violence, Margate, South Africa

South Africa has again been witness to taxi violence in the town of Margate, which has lead to four people being injured, including a police officer, who was shot.

Violence broke out after a dispute began between Gamalakhe taxi’s, and the Bambanani Taxi association, two competing taxi companies. It is unclear what exactly began the dispute.

On the 25th, shots were fired and three people, including one of the taxi drivers, were injured. The following day on the 26th, a policeman was shot in a continuation of the violence. The policeman was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown.

Police have advised civilians to avoid taking taxis to Margate.

South Africa is no stranger to taxi violence, where clashes between taxi/mini-bus groups happen with semi-frequency.