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LISTEN | Live rounds allegedly fired as taxi drivers try to stop looting in Vosloorus

14 July 2021 - 11:32 By graeme hosken
Some of the ammunition being fired at Vosloorus Mall.
Some of the ammunition being fired at Vosloorus Mall.
Image: Alon Skuy

Taxi drivers guarding Vosloorus Mall on the Gauteng East Rand opened fire on looters with what is believed to be live ammunition on Wednesday morning.

In an exchange of gunfire which lasted five minutes, taxi drivers from the Katlehong People's Taxi Association opened fire on hundreds of looters who were gathering outside the mall. 

The mall was ransacked overnight with looters pillaging a butchery, a Boxer furniture shop and grocery stores.

A taxi association member, wielding a club, said it was anarchy. “These thugs will not destroy our mall. Five hundred of our members have deployed throughout Katlehong and Vosloorus to defend the malls.”

Moments later, as looters pointed handguns at taxi association members, two taxi drivers drew handguns and fired over the heads of approaching looters.

“We are ready. We are not going anywhere,” said the driver as Ekurhuleni metro police tried to defuse the situation and repel looters.

This is a developing story.