Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that an agreement has bee reached between warring taxi associations, Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) and the Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta).
This after weeks of violence over routes, which resulted in the death of more than 20 people in the past month alone.
Minister Mbalula said following discussions the following measures have been implemented with immediate effect:
- All legal operating licence holders for routes to and from Mbekweni, except for route B97, must commence the services as authorised by their operating licences or face the legal consequences;
- All associations must instruct their members to return to service in line with the authorities issued with their operating licences and must do so in a manner that is safe for the public, when route B97 is opened;
- When route B97 is opened, only legal operating licence holders will be allowed to operate and will serve the full route from the authorised ranks and terminals;
Affected municipalities will be requested to place a moratorium on the issuance of new operating licences and applications for additional authorities on all affected routes, while also rationalizing these services;
If the affected municipalities indicate the need for additional services on route B97, operating licences will be apportioned in accordance with the arbitration award;
Law enforcement capacity and deployment will be reviewed and strengthened in the affected areas to ensure enforcement of all laws without fear or favor;
Should there be further acts of violence, all affected routes operated by the two associations will be closed for all minibus-taxi operations for a period determined by the Transport MEC and affected operating licences will be suspended.
Following discussions with the two Associations, we have reached agreement and therefore decided to implement the following measures, with immediate effect: pic.twitter.com/8JM46MeTCZ
— |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) August 2, 2021