Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) says it has not yet organized or called for a national shutdown in protest against the unprecedented, poverty enabling fuel hikes.
NTA National Spokesperson Theo Malele said while they support any pressure efforts by civil society and business in the country aimed at getting the government to review the current prohibitive price of fuel, “we are currently engaging with government to try and get it to exempt the taxi industry from some of the fuel levies and taxes as we believe that it is the only solution available at this juncture to lessen the burden on the taxi operators and commuters”.
Malele added that they have every intention to negotiate with the government in good faith. “ However, should the government fail to respond to our demands as they always do,we will be left without a chance but to call for a shut down in conjunction with like-minded business and civil society”.