MECsstep in as row over taxis threat hots up

MEMBERS of the KwaZulu-Natal executive council continued talks with taxi associations on the province's South Coast yesterday after allegations that taxi drivers were threatening teachers.

MEMBERS of the KwaZulu-Natal executive council continued talks with taxi associations on the province's South Coast yesterday after allegations that taxi drivers were threatening teachers.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu and MEC for transport Bheki Cele met members of the Zakhele Taxi Association on Tuesday to discuss the allegations threats.

Education depart-ment spokesperson Mbali Thusi said allegations had been made that taxi drivers had threatened teachers who used lift clubs to get to schools.

Specific examples of such threats could not be revealed.

At the meeting, Mchunu stressed that education was a priority and that nothing should stand in the way of pupils' education.

Another meeting was set to take place today to try to find a solution.

The department's lawyers would be present to ensure the agreement reached was within the law.

Cele and Mchunu stressed that anything that "tampers with the law" will not be tolerated. - Sapa

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