Taxi passenger shot by cop during safety operation

Taxi passenger shot by cop during safety operation
Published: 2015 October 02 08:06:03 (6913 Views)
A taxi passenger nearly lost her life in a police road safety operation in South Africa.

A Metro cop wounded the woman in her late 20s after a taxi driver allegedly pulled a gun on cops at Soweto's Baragwanath Taxi Rank.

Gauteng community safety spokesman Obed Sibasa said the taxi had failed to stop when cops tried to pull it over.

He said as passengers were getting out of the taxi, the driver pointed a firearm at cops.

But a cop shot first, accidentally injuring the innocent passenger.

The driver ran away.



But some passengers said the driver didn't pull a gun, claiming he was only trying to avoid having his taxi being impounded.

Tebogo Mokoena (29), who was sitting in front of the shot woman, said: "The cop didn't fire a warning shot, he just shot at our taxi. Our taxi driver didn't pull out a gun. He was running away," he said.

Sibasa said cops were looking for unroadworthy taxis and drivers without licences or permits.

The road safety operation was part of Transport Month and was launched on October 1st by police, Gauteng traffic police and Metro cops.

"So far we have impounded 42 vehicles at the Noord Street Taxi Rank in Joburg's CBD," said Sibasa. He said the number of taxis impounded in Soweto alone was 108.

The operation is also being held in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg.



Source - Dailysun

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