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Durban taxi drivers protest

Hundreds of taxi drivers were gathering in Durban on Friday for a second day of protests against the eThekwini metro police.

Police officers at the Botha Gardens were donning riot gear. They had brought riot vehicles and a water cannon.

Passengers flee in terror from a taxi which was stopped and damaged by protesting taxi drivers in Durban. Picture: Marlon Nero. Credit: INLSA

Several of the minibus taxi drivers wielded metal pipes, knobkerries, planks, pangas, fire extinguishers, and hockey sticks.

Police were attempting to negotiate with the drivers to disperse. The drivers claimed the metro police were unfairly targeting them.

On Thursday police fought running battles with the drivers throughout the city centre. At least 20 were arrested. – Sapa

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