Negotiations Between Rival Taxi Associations Yet To Find A Resolution

Negotiations between Western Cape rival taxi associations CATA and Codeta have failed to reach an agreement this week. This is despite multiple engagements between both associations, the Western Cape government and national transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

 

 

 

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It appears that commuters will still have to make alternative arrangements this week as negotiations between rival taxi bodies in Western Cape, Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta), are yet to reach an agreement regarding their ongoing dispute.

This comes a week after the deadly conflict spiralled out of control and spilled over to the Golden Arrow Bus Service and taxi operators, resulting in fatal shootings and a complete disruption in their services.

The ongoing dispute between the Cata and the Codeta is over the use of the route between Mbekweni/Paarl and Bellville.

Despite numerous meetings with Western Cape Transport MEC, Daylin Mitchell, and national Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, leadership from both taxi associations say that they have been struggling to reach an agreement.

Cata's secretary-general, Mandla Hermanus, says he's disappointed that the associations are still "pulling in different directions". 

We are kind of disappointed that up until now we still seem to be far apart from each other in terms of finding solution. 

Hermanus said that both associations have agreed that the Paarl/Mbekweni route should be suspended entirely until the matter is resolved.

What we proposed was that if the Paarl area that routes there can be suspended, because that's where the problem is, so that both associations will be unable to operate in Paarl, then we can urge the rest of the associations to go back to work. 

An arbitration process has been set down for 28 July after fruitless discussions about the route dispute.

Over 80 people have been killed in taxi-related violence in the province this year, and almost a third of those murders have happened this month.

 

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