The Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) has accused the City of Cape Town of deliberately targeting the black dominated minibus taxi industry in order to remove competition for its MyCiti bus service.
A City of Cape Town traffic crack down on Tuesday 11 September saw 60 minibus taxis being impounded for either operating without a permit or operating in violation to permit conditions.
CATA has hit back on the operation by claiming the crackdown is an act of oppression by the city.
“It is very painful for us as an association, because we are being oppressed by the city,” CATA spokesperson Andile Seyamo said.
“We are being unfairly treated by officials; they target us because this is a black-dominated industry.”
CATA also pointed the blame to the City for not issuing permits to its members.
“The traffic department has failed to issue the permits on time, and they make it difficult for us to have them. And when they want to fund-raise, they impound our taxis because they know we will pay.
“The City does not want to compete with the taxi industry because they can see that we are progressing.
“They never stop the MyCiTi buses but they are always overloaded with people. If it was a taxi, they would stop it immediately. They are destroying us.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith denied the claims, arguing that CATA taxis would not have been impounded if they had complied with the law.
“The city is colour blind when it comes to enforcement, the only thing the traffic officer sees is a vehicle committing a road traffic offence, and putting in danger the lives of the commuters who are paying customers,” he said.
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