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Khutsong consumer boycott begins - taxis strike, cops stoned

By unknown | May 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

A consumer boycott of businesses - most of them white owned - has been added to the protest tactics being used by the angry people of Khutsong.

And anyone from Khutsong who breaks the boycott risks being beaten-up by his neighbours.

As hundreds of residents were left stranded because of the Merafong City Amalgamation Taxi Association's azikhwelwa campaign, township businessmen decided to boycott businesses in the nearby "white" town of Carletonville.

Businessman Paul Ncwane said: "We took a decision that we will not buy in Carletonville. People must go to Westonaria or Randfontein."

He said that to prove that they had bought in those areas and not in Carletonville, Khutsong residents should insist on being given receipts.

People who cannot prove that they did not made their purchases in Carletonville are likely to be assaulted.

Taxi commuters had to resort to bicycles and bakkies to get to work. Many walked the long distances from the townships to town.

The affected townships are Khutsong, Fochville and Wedela.

The anger in these townships erupted after the government took Khutsong out of Gauteng. Since then, Khutsong has been on the boil. Residents do not want to be part of North West.

Dimakatso Motlame was one of many who could not go to work because there were no taxis.

"I know I will not be paid for today, but I don't mind," she said.

Puleng Galebotse said: "I support the taxi strike."

Nhlonipho Dube, an assessor with the Department of Transport on the West Rand, told taxi operators at a meeting yesterday to use Gauteng number plates. Taxis in Merafong carry North West registration plates but the vehicle licences are issued in Gauteng.

Police reported that three petrol bombs were thrown at their vehicles in Khutsong.

Superintendent Louis Jacobs said residents had started throwing stones and burning tyres.


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