Dec 1, 2021

Gauteng Taxi Associations Fight For Taxi Rank

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This resulted into dozens of taxis to be burnt and the city’s buildings was also damaged.

FILE PHOTO: Taxi violence erupts in the Johannesburg city centre on 16 October 2021. PICTURE: Twitter/JMPD

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JOHANNESBURG: The department said it remained steadfast in its programme of modernising and corporatizing the taxi industry.

Court order interdicting was obtained between two Johannesburg rival Taxi Associations which are Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association (WATA) and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe), after they were engaged in violence over the weekend. This resulted into dozens of taxis to be burnt and the city’s buildings was also damaged.

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport stated that they have prevented the spread of violence between the two Taxi Associations.

“According to the Johannesburg High Court, the ‘Chairpersons of both associations and their members are interdicted from preventing, obstructing, or otherwise interfering with the rights of taxi operators and or any public transport operators to operate their transport businesses between Soweto and Johannesburg CBD’,” said the department.

The statement outlined that it further interdicts the associations from intimidating, committing, or threatening to commit acts of violence against any public transport operator.

This includes their agents or employees and members of the public who make use and who wish to make use of the bus services between Soweto and Johannesburg CBD.

South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Gauteng Department of Community Safety were approached by the Department (transport) in order to ensure that the Taxi Associations follow the rules and regulations with the court order.

MEC Jacob Mamabolo said the situation has returned to normal but SAPS and Community safety are urged to keep an eye on the Johannesburg Taxi Associations.

“Whilst in our view the situation has returned to normality, we urge law enforcement to enforce the law, hold criminals accountable and secure the safety of commuters and other road users.

“We held positive consultations with both the leadership of WATA and NANDUWE together with their mother body structures, the Gauteng National Taxi Alliance (GNTA) and the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) respectively and we are buoyed by the fact that all parties have condemned the violence and committed to peace.

“We are pleased that all parties involved have agreed to urgently address the root cause of the violence, which are disputes over routes. In this regard, the platforms for negotiations we have created as the provincial government remain available,” said Mamabolo.

The department said it remained steadfast in its programme of modernising and corporatizing the taxi industry for it to be a competitive, safe and reliable mode of public transport.

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