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Cops remain on alert following Masiphumelele peace talks

Police will continue to monitor the situation in Masiphumelele after a public meeting between residents and the South African Police Services (Saps).

Ocean View Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Errol Mekeur says that the situation has calmed down in the community, despite reports of violent threats between residents and taxi drivers.

It's back to normal due to peace talks that were successful last night between the community, taxi owners and taxi associations.

Errol Mekeur, Ocean View Station Commander

Community leader Tshepo Moletsane confirmed that the situation has eased after engagement during a public meeting on Tuesday.

The violence in Masiphumele was triggered after local taxis drivers refused to join in a community march and assaulted boycotting commuters.

Locals had boycotted taxi bosses after drivers apparently refused to take part in a protest march in support of the jailed community leader Lubabalo Vellem.

Unfortunately, there was no agreement between the taxi owners and the community members. Taxi members started to shoot at the residents.. that is what has triggered all the violence in Masiphumelele.

Tshepo Moletsane, Masiphumelele community leader

Moletsane says that residents have returned to work and explains that in future, community members will mobilise protest action without violence disrupting essential services.

Things will be operating normally, as usual. We have learned from these mistakes.

Tshepo Moletsane, Masiphumelele community leader

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