Government denounces deadly taxi wars
Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, expressed his condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of the victims.
He expressed disappointment the shootings occurred just a few days after the Gauteng Provincial Government held a successful Taxi Indaba, where issues relating to the taxi industry and taxi violence were discussed.
Government has appointed four senior religious leaders from the South African Council of Churches in an effort to broker an agreement between the Alexandra Taxi Association and Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand and Sandton Taxi Association.
“We urge the interested parties to continue with efforts to resolve disputes peacefully. Government will not be deterred by dark and hidden forces using violence to derail efforts aimed at the restoration of peace and good relationships between the two associations,” Vadi said.
Meanwhile, Vadi commended the South African National Taxi Council Gauteng) for suspending its strike action, which was set to take place on Monday.
“We commend the responsible leadership displayed by South African Taxi Council (SANTACO).
“Their decision to call off the planned strike after discussions with the Premier shows commitment to resolving their concerns in a constructive manner,” said Vadi.
“We are confident that the concerns of the industry will be addressed fully at the Taxi Summit set to take place later this month,” he said.
Rival taxi associations have clashed over the lucrative Mall of Africa route since the facility opened late April.
– CAJ News
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