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We are committed to restoring peace between CT taxi organisations

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There have been greater than 80 taxi-related murders within the Western Cape to date this 12 months, virtually a 3rd of these have occurred this month.

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula (R) was joined by Western Cape Member of the Executive Council (MEC) chargeable for Transport, Daylin Mitchell (C), throughout a briefing on developments concerning the taxi business in Cape Town on 22 July 2021. Picture: @EsethuOnDuty/twitter.

CAPE TOWN – National Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday stated they had been committed to going the gap and hammering out a peace between warring taxi organisations within the Western Cape.

There have been greater than 80 taxi-related murders within the Western Cape to date this 12 months, virtually a 3rd of these have occurred this month.

The battle has led taxi operators to withdraw or curtail providers, main to a disaster for commuters.

Mbalula stated the state of affairs was complicated and wouldn’t be fastened in a day however he stated there was a dedication to persevering with talks and police had been persevering with to go after these inflicting the violence.

“About 12 people or more have been arrested with guns and we need to get to the kingpins.”

Government is intensifying its assist to help in ending the feud between taxi associations following the latest violence.

No official settlement has been reached between CATA and Codeta and they are going to be given one other alternative to maintain talks.

Mbalula stated nobody had walked away from the negotiations: “We do appreciate that because quite often is that people throw rants and refused to be called back. You look at these issues and you think that they’re simple, but the people involved are very serious.”

He stated he had appointed a panel of eminent individuals to help authorities in addressing the problem of unity and management within the taxi business.

The dispute is over profitable routes and rating services.

CATA has indicated that it’s going to withdraw providers in affected areas whereas Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell stated Golden Arrow had indicated that it will be including extra of its buses.

PHOTOS: The Minister of Transport, @MbalulaFikile joined by the provinces Member of the Executive Council (MEC) chargeable for Transport, Daylin Mitchell briefing the Media on developments concerning the taxi business in Cape Town. pic.twitter.com/bKkfkOvToc

Esethu Hasane | (@EsethuOnDuty) July 22, 2021

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