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Irate commuters' threat to shun war-torn taxis

By unknown | Sep 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi and Siphiwe Malaza

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi and Siphiwe Malaza

The Gauteng Commuters Association has expressed concern at the continued taxi warfare in Johannesburg.

The organisation yesterday threatened to exercise its consumer right if taxi operators did not resolve their route problems.

GCA chairman James Mothupi told the fighting taxi associations, Dobsonville, Roodepoort, Leratong, Johannesburg Taxi Association (Dorljota) and Faraday Taxi Association (FTA) that commuters had a consumer right and could withdraw it.

"Taxi ranks have become war zones," he said. "Commuters are terrified to go there because they could be killed."

He said if the fighting did not stop commuters would use other modes of transport.

The meeting, aimed at finding solutions to the blood-letting at the Bree taxi rank, was held in Kibler Park, south of Johannesburg.

National Taxi Alliance chairman Sicelo Mabaso said the cause of the killings was the taxis operating on the wrong routes.

"Those taxis should be impounded," he said.

Thabo Mayisela, Gauteng community safety department official said the province will tighten the law. "We will not tolerate this anarchy," he said.

Tempers flared when operators accused each other. Terence Tsoaela, director of public transportation said neither association was "clean".

"You are both responsible," he said. Tsoaela reminded operators about the May agreement in which both associations agreed to share the route from Bree to Radiokop.


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