The Johannesburg Metro Police Department has lashed out at the Alexandra based taxi associations that are behind Monday’s taxi strike that left hundreds of commuters stranded.
The JMPD also reported a case of intimidation, in which the driver of a bakkie was harassed for giving stranded commuters a lift in Killarney.
The one-day strike was in response to the JMPD’s ‘Operation Buya Mtheto’, which has seen more than 500 unroadworthy, unlicensed and illegal minibus taxis being impounded since the beginning of the year.
The JMPD said it was on high alert, with officers having been deployed to the identified hotspots to ensure that law and order are maintained.
“We will not surrender to lawlessness. Illegal, non-compliant and irresponsible operators cannot expect us to look away whilst they play with the lives of commuters and other motorists on the road,” said public safety MMC Michael Sun.