4 metered taxi drivers head to court for 'kidnapping, robbing' Taxify driver
Four metered taxi drivers are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court tomorrow for allegedly kidnapping and robbing a Taxify driver outside the Bosman Street Station on October 7.
This comes after a Taxify driver stabbed two metered taxi drivers, killing one of them and injuring the other outside the Bosman Street Station on Friday night.
Gauteng chairperson for metered taxi operators Hendrick Ndou said Justice Magagane, 52, Vincent Mafhalane, 41, France Ntsane, 55, and McDonald Mapulana, 24, were wrongfully accused because a Taxify driver lied.
He said the Taxify operator, like most e-hailing operators, operated without legal permits to transport passengers and metered taxi drivers confronted him to check his permits.
He said the driver was taken to a location where other metered taxi drivers were and made to voluntarily pay a fine, as it was the norm in the taxi industry.
Ndou said the driver came back with the police suddenly claiming that he was robbed and kidnapped by the four accused despite knowing that his claim was not true.
However, Tshwane chairperson for Taxify and Uber operators, Chris Rabohali, said metered taxi drivers were terrorising e-hailing drivers, making them feel unsafe and unwanted at the Bosman Street Station.
He said he feared more lives could be lost if government does not intervene and the justice system does not use the four suspects as a example of what could happen if the tension between the drivers is not stopped