A small spark ignited some fiery tensions in a busy area of Gqeberha on Tuesday, after a collision between two cars led to violent altercations in broad daylight. A group of taxi drivers squared off with local shop owners (many of whom are thought to be Somalians), as unrest and anarchy came to the streets of Korsten.
Somalians involved in Gqeberha ‘street wars’
The major details have emerged overnight, with police revealing how exactly a small-scale car crash provoked scenes that were comparable to a riot. Things escalated immediately, as the situation continued to devolve.
It is alleged that at about 14:00 on Tuesday afternoon, a collision between a taxi and an Audi took place.
It’s understood that the driver of the taxi then alighted, and started to assault the driver of the Audi.
The Audi driver and went further up the road. But his vehicle stalled, and a group of taxi drivers assaulted him.
Local businessmen and spaza shop owners, many believed to be Somalians, then fought with the taxi drivers.
This retaliation was fierce. EIGHT taxis were then torched, with a further two vehicles vandalised.
Miraculously, no-one sustained any life-threatening injuries amid the chaos.
Watch: Somalians, shop owners spotted with firepower
Various videos of the ferocious fighting have gone viral online, but a more recent upload shows that some Somalian business owners made sure they were ‘tooled up’ for their showdown on the streets:
This is not Afghanistan or Syria. This is Gqeberha, and Somalians are parading with heavy machinery after they burned taxis. Our country has become lawless, and no one respects the law of rule now. Cry my beloved country pic.twitter.com/xYUKDc8rmZ
— Fusi Nkoala (@Iam_Fusi) October 13, 2021
I am afraid this war between Taxi drivers and Somalians is going to extend to the townships where most of these Somalians have shops and are trading. I can tell you it's not going to end well. i smell another looting coming. pic.twitter.com/22D2LRhdif
— Msunu Wabelungu (@Msunu_wabelungu) October 13, 2021
WATCH: Violence escalated between taxi drivers and Somalians in Port Elizabeth/ Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape today. Vehicles and shops set on fire. #RIOTS https://t.co/r7DHtFF4ES pic.twitter.com/ZjZXIdlosN
— Ian Cameron (@IanCameron23) October 13, 2021
Korsten latest news and updates: Taxi drivers to be probed for reaction to car crash
In a statement issued last night, SAPS revealed that no arrests have been made yet. They described the mood in Gqeberha as ‘tense’, confirming that an increased police presence with remain in Korsten on Wednesday:
“Police have opened a case of public violence. No arrests were effected. The situation is still tense and police are on high alert and will remain in the area monitoring the situation. The altercation between the two groups as well as the destruction of the vehicles emanated from the initial accident that was reported.” | SAPS statement
Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here's a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today - completely free!
TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:
A drop of water has the tastes of the water of the seven seas: there is no need to experience all the ways of worldly life. The reflections of the moon on one thousand rivers are from the same moon: the mind must be full of light. — Hung Tzu-ch’eng
TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
L’amour faite passer les temps. Les temps faite passer l’amour. (Love makes time pass. Time makes love pass.) — French Sundial Motto
TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB:
One monk shoulders water by himself; two can still share the labor among them. When it comes to three, they have to go thirsty.
FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY:
Happy Birthday! The months ahead for you are likely to be full of changes and challenges as you toil to combine the old and the new. This is an opposition that could come about in a number of ways, but the position of the planets suggests that this will happen in terms of your love life. It could be that you’ll be stuck in a particular way of thinking or it might be that you need to tone down certain expectations, which you can do. And once you have achieved this you will feel great and ready to take on anything. For some a job change is looking likely, particularly after August, which will see a time of positive transition for many signs! This won’t necessarily be an easy time, but it will provide some rare opportunities to move you closer to your ultimate goals!
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CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY:
Harry Anderson, Ralph Lauren, Roger Moore, Arlene Sorkin, Greg Evigan, Stacy Keibler, Natalie Maines, Usher Raymond, Arleen Sorkin, Sir Cliff Richard
There are signs in the stars that Beyoncé is about to surprise everyone! The movement of the planets indicates a sudden departure, which could mean an unexpected new project or possibly a change closer to home!
ARIES DAILY HOROSCOPE | Mar 21 – Apr 19
Fresh planetary transits place the emphasis on romance, and could help you to find the right words to perhaps address something that has been hanging in the air. That said; don’t assume that there are no conditions attached when it comes to resolving a distinctly sensitive matter!
Today’s Numbers: 3, 5, 14, 21, 37, 46
TAURUS DAILY HOROSCOPE| Apr 20 – May 20
Don’t believe everything you hear today. News of a potential development should be viewed as a possibility, not a definite. That said; it’s possible that a casual observation could hold more truth than you realize. As an aside; romantic matters could take an interesting turn when you least expect it!
Today’s Numbers: 1, 15, 23, 28, 35, 42
GEMINI DAILY HOROSCOPE| May 21 – Jun 20
Fresh planetary accents will bring an uplifting and dynamic vibe. On a practical level you’ll have the capacity to gain more insight into a personal matter. When it comes to romance, it could be that you get an unexpected second chance when it comes to something unsettled!
Today’s Numbers: 2, 17, 19, 25, 31, 47
CANCER DAILY HOROSCOPE| Jun 21 – Jul 22
An airier vibe may offer you the chance to catch up on anything currently outstanding. However, for many water signs, the atmosphere may feel a little tense. It’s possible that something said may be misconstrued. Don’t take it personally. Besides; romance could emerge out of a potentially awkward moment!
Today’s Numbers: 5, 14, 22, 29, 32, 45
LEO DAILY HOROSCOPE| Jul 23 – Aug 22
Fresh planetary transits are likely to bring a gentle lift when it comes to emotional and romantic matters. However; do be aware of the current vibe’s limits, since the emphasis is likely to contain a marginally clumsy undercurrent. As with others, casual comments could rebound quite quickly!
Today’s Numbers: 6, 13, 22, 26, 34, 46
VIRGO DAILY HOROSCOPE| Aug 23 – Sep 22
There’s a distinct sense of moving forward, thanks to a certain lift in the cosmos. That said, when it comes to existing agreements you may need to avoid inconsistencies. When it comes to romance, there’s an unusual tendency to be a little too extravagant. The root cause of this could go deeper than you realize!
Today’s Numbers: 7, 15, 19, 25, 36, 45
LIBRA DAILY HOROSCOPE| Sep 23 – Oct 22
The revitalized vibe should work in your favor, since it will usher in a very amiable atmosphere, which bodes well for romance in general. However; for today there’s a greater chance of classic misunderstandings, crossed wires and mixed signals. Do take care with what may seem like humorous throwaway comments!
Today’s Numbers:4, 14, 22, 27, 38, 49
SCORPIO DAILY HOROSCOPE| Oct 23 – Nov 21
Fresh planetary accents are likely to soften romantic and emotional matters. Because you’ll have an instinct for knowing what to say and when to say it, it’s a day to perhaps tie up one loose end. However; you may need to watch that you don’t bring up the past in a negative context!
Today’s Numbers: 3, 12, 21, 23, 37, 46
SAGITTARIUS DAILY HOROSCOPE| Nov 22 – Dec 21
An airy vibe will emphasize your social zone for the next few weeks. However, for today there is a chance of having too much of a good thing and overdoing it. Pace yourself. In addition; you too, like a couple of other signs, could experience a heightened sense of blurred lines when it comes to romance!
Today’s Numbers:2, 5, 14, 26, 32, 48
CAPRICORN DAILY HOROSCOPE| Dec 22 – Jan 19
You may not sense the refreshing vibe immediately, but it will start to filter through, especially when it comes to romance. Use some time to address a lingering issue that is possibly connected to an emotional matter. Don’t look for problems, but if something doesn’t feel quite right, then do question it!
Today’s Numbers: 7, 16, 21, 32, 36, 47
AQUARIUS DAILY HOROSCOPE| Jan 20 – Feb 18
An airy vibe should give you a little more control over a personal matter. It’s also a reasonably useful day for making a good impression when it comes to romance. That said; be attentive: don’t leave someone else to do all the work, otherwise you may well appear a little thoughtless!
Today’s Numbers: 3, 14, 22, 26, 34, 49
PISCES DAILY HOROSCOPE| Feb 19 – Mar 20
It’s either going to be one of those warm and loving days, or one of those rather unreliable ones. Your ability to think things through fully could take a dip, and you could realize that you have taken a slightly poor decision. It might be a sensible strategy to refrain from overstated gestures for today!
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