A 27-year-old taxi driver has been arrested after he was caught on a video that went viral on social media damaging a motorist’s vehicle using a wheel jack.
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Watch: The enraged taxi driver is seen smashing the windows of a VW Beetle while shouting and accusing the driver of bumping into his van. The driver of the VW Beetle can be heard repeatedly saying, “I’m sorry”, in the most terrifying voice:
Road Rage @SAPoliceService pic.twitter.com/CoD5QRnMpi
— Independent Forensic Investigation Unit (@ForensicsZA) January 24, 2023
After seeing the video on social media, the Durbanville SAPS tracked down and arrested the suspect on the same day the incident occurred, using licence plate recognition (LPR). The taxi driver did not have a permit to operate on that route.
As reported by IOL, Santaco provincial chairperson Mandla Hermanus said, “We only saw the incident on social media. We don’t know who the driver is and what association he belongs to.”
“When we receive the particulars of the incident we will contact the association where he operates. Associations have their own internal disciplinary process, and these include the expulsion of drivers.”
Hermanus added, “When we have been approached by the victim with the necessary information, we will intervene and ensure that appropriate actions are taken against the driver.”
Captain Marchell Rhode of the Durbanville Police Station confirmed that a 27-year-old suspect had been arrested and would be going to the Belville Magistrates’ Court to face charges of malicious damage to property.
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Picture and Video: @ForensicsZA / Twitter