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UPDATE: MMC meets taxi association over CBD feuds

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The Tshwane metro met with the leadership of the taxi industry in the Greater Tshwane region following Thursday’s taxi violence in the CBD.

Police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza said five people were injured after being caught in the crossfire.

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Tshwane MMC for roads and transport councillor, Sheila Senkubuge said the violence was caused by a dispute over the routes covered by the Mamelodi and Menlyn taxi associations.

“It was reported in the meeting that operators belonging to one taxi association ‘encroached’ on a route allocated to another association at the corner of Sisulu and Madiba streets in the CBD,” she said.

“It was established that none of the associations had a right to pick up passengers at the five drop-off bays along Madiba Street just after Sisulu Street. In fact, the area in dispute was allocated as a drop-off zone for all taxis using Madiba Street, and not meant to pick up passengers.”

The industry leadership apologised for the violence, committing to work with the metro to resolve their differences.

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Senkubuge condemned the violence and urged their members [taxi association] to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes peace, law and order, and progress.

The taxi industry requested the metro to continue to enforce the law without fear or favour and said their members should be subjected to the full might of the law should they be found on the wrong side of it.

Senkubuge urged the taxi industry to find each other and escalate matters to her office should they fail to resolve their disputes among themselves.

“When I received reports of what happened this morning, I felt disturbed and let down. As MMC of roads and transport, I take full responsibility for what happens with the taxi industry in the Tshwane municipality,” she said.

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