Western Cape Premier Alan Winde called for the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) to deploy more soldiers in the province to assist the SAPS in their response to the ongoing taxi violence.
“We cannot allow a group of thugs to continue to threaten the lives of our residents and to commit what is a clear act of economic sabotage by preventing people from getting to work safely. We will not stand for it,” Winde said in a statement.
Winde said the Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) is also taking a number of steps to resolve the ongoing dispute between CATA and CODETA including:
- Publishing a notice in terms of Section 91 of the National Land Transport Act, which will allow the MEC of Transport and Public Works to close routes and ranks, in consultation with SAPS.
- The DTPW is exploring approaching the Western Cape High Court to empower the MEC to place SANTACO associations under administration.
- The DTPW has suspended its financial support agreement with SANTACO until such stage as the violence ends.
- Blue Dot incentive payments to CATA and CODETA, have been suspended as a direct result of the conflict.
- Preparation are ongoing to approach the Western Cape High Court seeking a declaratory order that ‘motherbodies’ (e.g. CATA, CODETA) are, like SANTACO Western Cape, confined to specific geographic areas.
- An interdict is being sought against ‘motherbodies’ preventing them from establishing themselves outside demarcated geographical areas.
Over 70 people have been killed in taxi-related shootings since the beginning of the year.
In the latest incident a 42-year-old man belonging to one of the taxi associations in the Western Cape was shot and wounded outside his home on Tuesday, July 20.