Mbalula :Taxi industry continues to operate as informal sector

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Tebogo Msimanga

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday addressed the  Launch of the Public Discourse Platform for the taxi industry at Germiston. The platform brings together key stakeholders to engage in the future of the taxi industry.

The history of the taxi industry is littered with gruesome tales of conflicts and violence that has left many people dead and families robbed of breadwinners.

 “Associations remain unregulated and operators are not held accountable for their conduct through an enforceable Code of Conduct. The taxi industry continues to operate as an informal sector on the fringes of the formal economy.”

Minister said they intend to host the National Taxi Lekgotla on 29 – 30 October 2020 . The launch will then be followed by a release of discussion documents and conversations which will be led by the Minister and the MECs in various Provinces.

Mbalula added that The National Taxi  Lekgotla must agree that operators who get involved in conflict and taxi violence should face severe penalties, which may include withdrawal of their operating licences and any economic benefit sponsored by the government.

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