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Taxi’s block raods in Umhlanga. Image:X/KitKatSplat23

WATCH: Taxi’s bring Umhlanga to a stand still

Around 400 taxi’s blocked the entrance and exits around Umhlanga over a dispute about the lack of a rank and fines issued by police

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Taxi’s block raods in Umhlanga. Image:X/KitKatSplat23

A protest by taxi drivers has brought the upmarket precinct around Umhlanga’s Ocean’s mall in Durban North to a stand still.

Taxi’s blockaded the roads around the mall owned by billionaire businessman and developer, Vivian Reddy over a dispute over a taxi rank.

Drivers say they arrived this morning to see their usual spot along Ridge Street used as a rank, barricaded with concrete blocks.


Ward councillor Nicole Bollman says she is not surprised with current events as she has warned the city it would eventually happen.

“They haven’t been heard. Its something i have been pushing with the mayor and the city manager for year. We have to have an inclusive discussion.”

“100 odd taxi’s with nowhere to go and the City has not provided them a place to go” says Bollman.

The ward 35 councillor says that metro police have agreed to remove the barriers, while they have talks with the City, Ocean’s Mall management and SANTACO (South African National Taxi Council).


According to TimesLive, Umhlanga businesses are suing developers Reddy and Rob Alexander as the land on which the Oceans Mall and hotel are built on was a taxi and bus rank.

An agreement between the developers and the City was to absorb the rank, and have it built underground the mall.

The developers have alleged that they can no longer afford to house the taxi rank underground.

The case is pending, with the possibility of being settled outside of court.