Article by: Dumisane Dube
Former ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor, Andile Lungisa was given a tough time by taxi industry members at Terminus taxi rank during a meeting in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape.
The meeting was about the violent protests that had spiraled out of control in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
The #SAUNREST sparked last weekend when protestors took to the streets demanding the release of former President Jacob Zuma, after his incarceration. South Africans have been gripped by harrowing images of burning trucks, looted retail shops and buildings on fire.
Over the past couple of days, rumours on made rounds on social media had surfaced alleging that Lungisa, was paying people to loot in the Nelson Mandela Metro. Upon hearing this, taxi owners took to the streets to safeguard malls.
He denied the claims and says his name is being used for ulterior motives.
“It was agreed that I would move across the metro denouncing looting. The rumours were because I am a Zuma supporter and opportunists want to use that against me,” Lungisa said.
Taxi bosses had demanded that Lungisa join the industry in their convoys around the Bay to ensure there was no looting at shopping centres.
The taxi members refused to listen to him during the meeting, accusing his of lying at the Terminus taxi rank in Gqeberha’s Govan Mbeki Avenue.
Lungisa was also made to visit the taxi rank in North End, near Pier 14, with a visit to Kariega planned as well.
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