Pirate Taxis Declare War On Kombis: Stone Vehicles

Pirate Taxis Declare War On Kombis: Stone Vehicles
Published: 2016 August 03 06:05:27 (2682 Views)


Pirate taxi drivers teamed up with touts and allegedly stoned a commuter omnibus in Bulawayo as the war for commuters escalates.

A group of about eight Honda Fit operators allegedly attacked two kombi crews at a car wash in North End suburb, next to Baines Infant School in a 10-minute skirmish.

No one was reported injured in the confrontation that occurred at around 10AM.

Arnold Mahachi (26) of New Lobengula, the driver of the damaged kombi said the attackers were travelling in a black Honda Fit.

He said the pirates shouted that they wanted to shut down kombi operations in the city.

Bulawayo Public Transporters Association (BUPTA) secretary general Albert Ncube said:

“A kombi was vandalised and I must say we’re struggling to operate in the city yet we are fully registered and licensed to do so. The pirate taxi people need to be brought to book. They must learn that such brutal attacks don’t pay but can land them in jail.

“Kombis pay more than $500 to register and operate legally yet the pirate taxis don’t pay even a single cent to anyone. This becomes very unfair and it’s high time they are dealt with,” he said.

Bulawayo Metropolitan Province deputy police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube said investigations were underway into a case of malicious damage of property.





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