Two Cape Town traffic officers were injured after an altercation between a taxi driver and his passenger.
The cops were conducting a routine traffic stop when they noticed a taxi disregarding a red traffic light at the intersection of Jan Smuts Drive and Govan Mbeki Road on Wednesday morning.
JP Smith, a member of the Safety and Security Mayco, stated that while attempting to issue a fine, the motorist and his passenger got “riotous” and began assaulting the cops.
During the altercation, one of the officers fired two rounds, injuring one of the men in the leg.
Both individuals were apprehended and arrested at the Philippi police station.
This incident follows violent clashes between taxi operators, law enforcement officers and police in the Cape Town CBD on Tuesday.
Once a number of vehicles were seized, irate taxi drivers staged a protest at the entrance to the station deck taxi rank.
“The rules of the road apply to all equally and the provisions of the law will be enforced without fear or favour. There can be no justification for the mayhem that ensued yesterday [Tuesday]. No one grouping or entity is above the law” said Smith.