Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.
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- Fikile Mbalula says he is disappointed with the recent turn of events after ongoing taxi-related violence in Cape Town.
- Mbalula and his counterpart in the Western Cape are part of high-level meetings with warring taxi organizations that began Friday.
- Golden Arrow’s bus service has suspended some of its services due to threats and intimidation.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says his ministry is disappointed with the recent turn of events following continued taxi-related violence in the Western Cape.
Mbalula’s response to the taxi violence comes on day two of a high-level meeting with representatives from the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA), as well as the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (CODETA) to seek a solution to the deadly taxi violence that grips the Western Cape.
The meeting began on July 16 after taxi violence flared up in the province, killing several taxi drivers, drivers and commuters.
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“We have not come here to recreate the wheel or duplicate the intervention of the leaders of the Western Cape. As a national government, we have come to put politics aside for the benefit of commuters and players in the taxi industry” Mbalula said.
“We are here to strengthen the province’s efforts and ensure an intergovernmental, multidisciplinary and targeted approach to safety, the only way to restore order to the taxi industry.”
He added that last year the two rival associations sat side by side at the National Taxi Lekgotla, which took place in August.
These were all positive signs that the industry was on the right track. We are disappointed with the recent turn of events.
It is not yet clear when the meeting will conclude.
Meanwhile, the Golden Arrow bus service has suspended some of its services due to threats and intimidation.
This came after a bus driver was shot in the mouth near Borcherd’s Quarry as violence against taxis in Cape Town continued on Monday.
Gunmen also fired at passing cars near the Langa taxi rank in a bloody start to Monday for commuters and taxi operators.