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Violent Taxi Feud Shuts down Port St Johns, South Africa: Increased Security Measures Implemented

Violent Taxi Feud Paralyzes Port St Johns, South Africa: Increased Security Measures Implemented

A violent clash between two taxi associations in Port St Johns, South Africa, on January 16 has brought the town to a standstill. The conflict, involving the Border Alliance Taxi Association and Ncedo Taxi Association from Lusikisiki, resulted in widespread disruptions, with businesses closing and students being sent back home due to safety concerns.

Reports indicate that gunmen from Ncedo Taxi Association targeted the taxi rank of Border Alliance Taxi Association, firing shots and sparking a shootout. The violence claimed the lives of three security officials from Ncedo Taxi Association, and five individuals from the Port St Johns side sustained gunshot wounds. Tragically, an 11-year-old boy was also hit by a stray bullet.

In response to the escalating violence, additional law enforcement officers have been deployed to Port St Johns and Lusikisiki. The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene, has condemned the criminal behavior, emphasizing the need for the feuding taxi associations to engage in constructive discussions to resolve their disputes.

The situation remains tense, with heightened security measures expected to continue. The presence of security forces aims to stabilize the area and prevent further loss of life. However, the potential for localized disruptions to businesses and transportation persists, and there is a risk of additional violence or protests denouncing the recent shootings. Authorities urge all stakeholders to collaborate in finding an amicable solution to prevent further harm to innocent lives.

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