'Trying for taxi votes'

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

ANC president Jacob Zuma's statement on the Reya Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System has received mixed reactions from opposition parties.

Zuma spoke to 3000 taxi operators from all nine provinces at a summit on Monday about the much-resisted BRT.

He told the jubilant crowd - and the transport authority - "to wait" until the new administration came to power and looked at the taxi operators' grievances.

The UDM supported Zuma's call. "We have publicly criticised Transport Minister Jeff Radebe for forcing BRT on people without consulting them," said Humphrey Nobongoza, the party's secretary general.

But the DA described Zuma's statements as "electioneering which would compromise the country's readiness for the 2010 Fifa World Cup".

"Zuma's call is a direct contradiction of the Department of Transport's own commitment in its annual report which is to ensure that all systems are in place to meet the demands of the World Cup and beyond," said MP Stuart Farrow.

"That objective will not be achieved if BRT is halted," he said.

ACDP's chairperson Pastor Charles Gololo echoed Farrow's sentiments. "This was just a political statement to . get taxi operators' votes."