Union & Political Leaders Intervene In Taxi Violence

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and SAFTU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi met with warring taxi associations in Cape Town this weekend about the ongoing taxi violence. Holomisa gave an update on the proceeding of their intervention.

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United Democratic Movement (UDM) Leader, Bantu Holomisa, and South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, have met with both rival taxi associations who have been involved in a violent and deadly feud regarding the right to use the Paarl/Bellville route.

Holomisa said that although the Minister of Transport may be accused of having failed, the two taxi associations must also take the blame for having started the violence.

He continued to say that they held separate meetings with each taxi association on Saturday and adds that upon meeting them both again on Sunday, each group identified areas of agreement. 

We have since sent the report to the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Police as well as the Western Cape's Transport MEC. At least I can say that the gaps have been narrowed, but since there are areas that need government response we have sent the documents to the government   

The UDM leader says that he has spoken to Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, and that he said he would be coordinating the last meeting either Friday or Saturday where all parties involved are expected to guarantee security.   

So I'm satisfied with the progress made thus far and the ball is now in the government's court and the taxi owners have narrowed the gap in a big way in the sense that, they have 'We are ready, there must be a seize fire. We are ready to work together but the two-month ban of the disputed route has affected several other routes'.

He added that the associations also say that there's mounting pressure from commuters who rely on public transport and are eager to protect their jobs. Thus both groups want a lasting solution that includes government intervention.

Additionally, the taxi industry has also been given until the weekend to reach a compromise in whatever issues that may remain unresolved between them. 

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