Minister Reopens Disputable Taxi Routes in Cape Town

The taxi route disputes connected to the B97 connecting Paarl, Bellville and Mbekweni in Cape Town has been reopened to the two rival taxi associations, Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA ) and Congress for Democratic Taxi Association (CODETA). Read further for more.

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Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has confirmed mutual agreement in the case of the Cape Town taxi route disputes, but said that he's hesitant to rule out future conflicts.

I wouldn’t say we have done enough with this current generation, but much has been done to curb the bloody taxi violence over the years.

The B97 route which connects Paarl, Bellville and Mbekweni has been a disputed route over the past years.

 Its reported that in September 2020, another taxi association, South African National Taxi Association (Santaco), had blockaded the same route.

The then dispute was reported to be taxi operators who change associations but use the same permits from older associations. Those involved in the dispute are reported to have apologized to the commuters for the recent taxi shoot out.

The taxi violence had also affected the Cape Flats such as Khayelitsha, Langa, Nyanga, Gugulethu and the surrounding areas.

The disputable routes are mostly operated by CODETA and CATA which transports commuters from these townships to Paarl and Bellville on a daily basis. Commuters in these affected areas can now breath a sigh of relief as the disputes are reported to have been resolved.

The recent taxi violence had forced Mbalula to close conflicted routes for two months starting on 26 July 2021.

The reopening of the routes are mostly welcomed by commuters as many were left stranded and couldn’t reach their places of work.

CODETA and CATA have also been allowed to operate on the same routes under the established guidelines.

Mbalula also raised concerns over the unregulated taxi industry law which often leads to deadly disputes. He stated that government plans to draw legal guidelines that will regulate the taxi industry operations.

The disputed routes have been opened with immediate effect as the agreement was reached on Monday.

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