MEC Mamabolo condemns the resurgence of taxi-related conflict in Soweto

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Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, has strongly condemned the resurgence of taxi-related conflict between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association (WATA) and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (NANDUWE) associations in Soweto.

Taxi drivers staged a protest on Monday morning, leaving commuters stranded and motorists unable to get to work, school and other places of interest.

“It has come to our attention that there have been incidents of taxi-related violence involving NANDUWE and WATA taxi associations in Soweto recently. Both associations are warned to refrain from causing instability in the area or face possible closure.”

Last year, MEC Mamabolo dissolved the executive committees of both associations following deadly clashes that resulted in the death of at least two people.

MEC Mamabolo stressed that the Provincial Government “will not be frustrated in our efforts to improve, modernise and integrate the taxi industry as part of a safe, accessible and efficient public transport system”.

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