The Executive Mayor of Capricorn District Municipality, Cllr John Mpe has called for calm among Taxi Operators and Associations in Seshego, Mankweng, Moletjie and Flora-Park.
This follows the recent taxi violence where taxis were burned, and taxi drivers injured. The Executive Mayor met with the leadership of SANTACO and NTA to address the concerns over escalating tensions and the recent spate of injuries that are linked to route invasions.
“We know that as a Municipality we have a limited role in the Taxi Industry, however, I just feel that as leaders we need to send a message to try and calm the situation in the Taxi Industry. I am more concerned about the safety of the passengers, passer-by and even those who are fighting. We have noted several issues that needs Government and the Associations to iron out. The issue of unlicenced vehicles, drivers’ behavioural patterns and allocation of routes without proper consultation. This is un-called for as it sparks conflicts. Let us convene meetings and iron out these issues in a professional way rather than fighting.
The Executive Mayor will elevate this matter to Department of Roads and Transport MEC working closely with NTA and SANTACO so that the issue of operating licences and route invasions that have been identified as the main causes of conflict in the industry are resolved.