“We have had four deaths of our owners in one week and four drivers that have tested positive also in the past week. We have asked those that have tested positive to stay home and recover,” Lekganyane said.
Noko Mokwatedi, spokesperson for the Moletjie Taxi Association, which shares the same hub with the SPTA, was concerned that despite the deaths and the positive tests, taxis continue to ferry passengers without having been disinfected.
She complained that the last time the department disinfected the taxis was during the first wave of infections in April last year.
“Some passengers refuse to comply by not wearing masks in the taxi. We are asking the government to intervene,” Mokwatedi said.
The SPTA and MTA, together with the Mangkweng Taxi Association, transport about 18,000 people a day.
Limpopo health MEC, Phophi Ramathuba, said it was the responsibility of the associations to see to it that passengers wear masks and sanitise their hands.