In Korsten, Gqeberha, there is a real battle and disaster. On Wednesday, October 13, local taxi drivers and Somalian nationals are believed to have started a frenzied violent fight. Mzansi is taken aback by the sight of burning taxis.
Yusuf Abramjee posted a video on social media showing three taxis engulfed in flames in Durban during the day. “Durban Road, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). Taxis set alight. Video as received,” said Abramjee’s caption without added details.
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 13, 2021
Several comments on social media claim that the burning taxis sparked a fight between Korsten taxi drivers and Somali nationals in the area.
According to the police, there was a collision between an Audi and a taxi. “It is further alleged that the driver of the taxi alighted and started to assault the driver of the Audi,” police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu said.
“The Audi driver got into his vehicle and drove further up the road, where his vehicle stalled. A group of taxi drivers attacked him and set his vehicle alight.”
— Xoza_m 💎 (@Xozam1) October 13, 2021
When the businessmen retaliated, a fight broke out, resulting in the damage of eight taxis, the damage of two taxis, and the damage of a civilian vehicle.
All of the taxis were parked at the rank. There were no serious injuries. According to HeraldLive, the violence erupted following a car accident between a Somali man and another male, which resulted in an argument and a fistfight.
“People started to set the Somali shops in Durban Road alight and, in turn, they started burning the taxis,” the eyewitness told HeraldLive.
Although no arrests were made, a case of public violence has been opened for investigation. According to Naidu, the situation is still tense. The cops are on high alert and will remain in the area to keep an eye on the situation.
Gqeberha taxi drivers/owners fighting back pic.twitter.com/wto0qKaLne
— Siyanda Jola (@siyanda_jola) October 13, 2021