Pretoria - After chaotic clashes between taxi drivers and those they claim were selling drugs in Tshwane during the week, an uneasy calm was restored to the city and the CBD was back to normal.
The portfolio committee on police has called for taxi drivers to let the police deal with the removal of drugs in the city after taxi drivers said they would take the law into their own hands because, they claimed, police allowed an illegal drug trade to flourish around the Bloed Street taxi rank.
The so-called “nyaope boys” allegedly rob commuters and are said to be involved in other crimes, so the taxi drivers want to get rid of them and their influence.
The violence escalated and a taxi driver was shot and killed, causing a volatile situation on Wednesday, where foreign-owned shops were looted and burnt in retaliation. Lillian Ngoyi Street was closed and there was a heavy police presence around the city.
Taxi drivers, who moved from Brown Street in the city centre, on Thursday took their protest to Sunnyside, which they said was a drug cesspool. They have denied their actions are xenophobic.