Rival Taxi Associations in Cape Town Finally Reach Agreement

Some relief can wash over Cape Town as rival taxi associations, Codeta and CATA, finally reach an agreement. Taxi violence in Western Cape saw many losing their lives and injured with residents living day to day in fear.

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Taxi violence has been rampant in the Western Cape with bullets flying as two rival taxi associations fought over the B97 route between Bellville and Paarl. Now, they have finally reached an agreement.

The Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) and Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (CODETA) were at the head of disputes which lead to over 20 deaths and many others injured, in just a month.

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, said that all routes will be monitored and that action will be taken should they go against the agreement. If there is further taxi violence, all affected routes operated by the two associations will be suspended.

We are now at a point where we've got to get rid of this in the system so our lekgotla resolutions that were implemented now will lead us to the total eradication of this. 

He continued to say that the taxi industry is not fully regulated and that a big difference in the violence will only be seen once it is.

Associations have their own law which Mbalula says they have to eradicate instead of minimise. 

Some underlying issues are related to the route and the associations' status. 

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