WC Transport Officially Shuts Down Disputed Taxi Route

The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has announced that it will close down the B97 taxi route between Mbekweni/Paarl and Bellville. This follows failed negotiations between two rival taxi associations involved in a deadly conflict over the route. 

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The Western Cape's MEC for Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell, has announced that he is closing down the controversial B97 taxi route between Mbekweni/Paarl and Bellville as of Monday.

This comes after failed attempts to resolution in the deadly dispute between the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta) over the use of the route between Mbekweni/Paarl and Bellville.

Transport MEC spokesperson, Ntomboxolo Makoba, says the lengthy meetings with the taxi associations came to no resolution:

We have tried everything in our power to get CATA and CODETA  to find a solution that will end the violent conflict we have seen and we gave them another opportunity on Wednesday evening. We had a lengthy meeting for about six hours with the taxi industry but the part still couldn't find each other.

She says that the closure means that no minibus taxis will be allowed to operate as of Monday and the department will provide all the necessary transport provisions for commuters so that no one is left stranded.

Just last night, National Transport Minister Mbalula committed to speaking to Prasa and Metrorail so that we can get additional trains as we know right now we only have a limited train service in the Western Cape.

Somdaka added that these alternative transport arrangements will include assistance from law enforcement and that Premier Alan Winde has called for the deployment of additional SANDF troops to ensure the safety of commuters.

The routes have been at the centre of the feud between the two taxi associations regarding the transportation of commuters.

There have been 83 taxi violence-related murders and 56 attempted murders in the Western Cape since the start of the year.

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