Gauteng govt granted court order in bid to halt Joburg taxi violence

Johannesburg – The Gauteng government has been granted an order interdicting violence between two taxi associations operating in Johannesburg, in an attempt to halt taxi violence in Soweto and the CBD.

Taxi violence erupted at the weekend over routes between Nancefield Dube West Association (NANDUWE) and the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (WATA).

The provincial Roads and Transport Department turned to the courts after four taxis were torched on Saturday.

MEC Jacob Mamabolo met with both associations on Sunday, but they have not reached an agreement.

National Taxi Association (NTA) spokesperson Theo Malele said that they were all determined to bring the violence to an end.

“The law enforcement must actually take its course and ensure that they are brought to book. This time around it has been precipitated by employees as opposed to the employer. The office of the MEC has locked horns with the taxi industry from yesterday in time to ascertain as to what has to happen,” said Malele.

 

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