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Michael Sakuneka

Michael Sakuneka

In a bid to avert the continuous taxi violence in Limpopo, the provincial department of roads and transport has embarked on a process of converting taxi permits into operating licences.

MEC Justice Pitso said yesterday they had discovered that taxi permits were contributing to the endless taxi violence, which had already claimed the lives of eight people in the province since the beginning of the year.

He said most of the taxi operators were operating with fraudulent taxi permits and warned that the department would ensure that the new taxi operating licences were not easily tampered with.

This came after the department noticed that the current taxi permits were easily tampered with by syndicates operating in the taxi industry.

Pitso said he had had meetings with taxi associations in areas where violence had recently broken out and was confident that there would be peace in the industry.

"In fact, the process of converting taxi permits into operating licences started two years ago but was going at a snail's pace," Pitso said.

He said the process was about to be completed. He appealed to taxi operators whose permits had not yet been converted into operating licences to make sure they did so before it was too late.

This was after he met with the representatives of the SA National Taxi Council in Polokwane on Monday, where they promised him they would make sure there was peace in the taxi industry around the province.

The department would launch the Arrive Alive campaign next month .


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