Court Process To Resolve Taxi Violence Underway

An arbitration process to resolve the ongoing taxi-related violence in the Western Cape is underway following an earlier failed mediation process. This comes after failed mediation efforts to end the violent dispute between two of the Western Cape's rival taxi associations, CATA and CoDETA.

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Western Cape MEC for Transport, Daylin Mitchell, says that an arbitration process to resolve the ongoing taxi-related violence in the Western Cape is underway following an earlier failed mediation process.

The arbitration process started this week, so that is still ongoing because it is now a court process with a court-appointed arbitrator.

Mitchell says that government will also lead evidence in this process and added that he will release information of the outcomes as soon as they are available. 

He also confirmed that he has received the proposal that was brokered by Saftu's Zelinzima Vavi and UDM's Banti Holomisa during their intervention in an effort to engage both taxi associations to bring an end to the violence that resulted in the disruption of the public transport system across Cape Town.

I have received the proposal and obviously, there are requests and for lack of a better word, demands in that proposal which has obviously been escalated from a legal regulatory framework to the legal advisors, because I am not willing to compromise on the Rule of Law.

The taxi associations made two requests, one regarding TERS payments and another regarding subsidies to the taxi industries, but Mitchell says these are national transport ministry competencies and he cannot respond to that issue.

He also went on to say that the Western Cape taxi industry has been unregulated for a very long time and that his department has tried with the currently ongoing blue dot pilot project as means to incentivise the minibus taxi industry in an attempt to try and minimise the violence.

Mitchell also commends the taxi movement on other routes by Codeta on Thursday as the closing of B97 was not intended to hamper all other routes.

He added that there are many that say they are grateful for this intervention while others say they are paying the price for two associations that are trying to dictate to the industry which he says he will not allow.

 

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