Durban - Tensions around the Osborne Street mini-bus taxi rank in Umgeni Road have died down after Tuesday mornings protest over route permits in Durban caused massive disruptions across the city.
According to disgruntled taxi drivers from the Long Distance taxi association based in Osborne Street, they are angry that Durban Metro Police have been targeting them for not having certain permits.
Parboo Sewpersad, a Durban Metro police spokesperson, said taxi owners had a dispute with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.
"The crowd has gathered on First Avenue at the entrance to the taxi rank. A meeting with officials is underway. There is a full compliment of police to stabilise the situation. There have been no arrests made this morning. The roads are opened to traffic," Sewpersad said.
Minibus taxi drivers owner went on the rampage in the city centre today, blocking roads with their taxis and pulling out passengers from public transport vehicles. They set alight tyres on Umgeni Road and stoned vehicles which caused major traffic disruptions across the city.