The police in Katlehong were called to a scene where a group of men severely assaulted another man and tried to force him into their vehicle.
On arrival, the police officers found that members from Gauteng Provincial Traffic have already arrested a 56-year-old suspect who is currently linked to a certain taxi association and seized the association’s vehicle.
It is reported that on Thursday, September 16, an e-hailing driver was collecting a client when he was chased by the association’s vehicle. He lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree.
About four men forced him out of his vehicle and started assaulting him but while trying to force him into their vehicle, Gauteng Traffic police arrived on the scene and rescued him.
He is currently in hospital receiving medical attention.
The police are looking for three more suspects as according to witnesses and a video circulating on social media platforms, the victim was attacked by four men.
The Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended the swift arrest of one of the alleged perpetrators.
“We will not allow lawlessness to reign in Gauteng, people must know that there are dire consequences for engaging in criminal activities, we will hunt perpetrators of crime and subject them to the long arm of the law,” said Lt Gen Mawela who went on to urge those that might have differences to find amicable solutions rather than to resort to using violence.
“We will deal decisively with people that seek to undermine the rule of law. I have instructed the Station Commander of Katlehong to ensure that the remaining suspects are arrested speedily,” added Lt Gen Mawela.
Transport MEC condemns incident
Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo has condemned the attack on an Uber driver in Katlehong, in the City of Ekurhuleni.
Speaking on the need for justice, the MEC said “We have come a long way as a province in dealing with minibus taxi violence. This incident is an affront to the efforts of so many peace-loving people within the taxi industry and the people of Gauteng. These individuals should face the full might of the law”.
The MEC added that the latest incident of violence should not be allowed to undermine efforts made in ridding the province of taxi violence.
“I am appalled by the level of savagery and hate displayed by the individuals who perpetrated this act of violence. These acts are unacceptable and must be condemned. We pledge our solidarity with the victim and wish him a speedy recovery,” added the MEC.