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Drama in Tshwane as taxi drivers block road and attempt to break into Kgosi Mampuru prison

Security forces dispersed dozens of taxi drivers who were trying to force their way into Kgosi Mampuru prison to attend a trial there on Wednesday.

Security forces dispersed dozens of taxi drivers who were trying to force their way into Kgosi Mampuru prison to attend a trial there on Wednesday.

There are courtrooms in the prison establishment, which fall under the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. The facility is often referred to as a prison court.

According to Gauteng traffic spokesman Sello Maremane, it is believed the taxi drivers were in jail to attend the trial of someone who allegedly murdered a taxi driver in Marabastad last month.

They started blocking the M1, which adjoins the prison.

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Maremane said a large contingent of taxi drivers then tried to force their way into the prison.

Law enforcement officers, including Gauteng traffic officers and officers from the Tshwane Metro Police Department, assisted corrections officials in preventing drivers from entering the premises.

They then used rubber bullets to try to disperse the crowd. The drivers left the area, but their taxis were left to block the road. Maremane said more than 30 taxis had been abandoned.

At 11:00 a.m., the Tshwane Metro offices began towing taxis and the road was fully cleared by 1:00 p.m.

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