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MEC Mamabolo re-opens taxi operations in Soweto

Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo, presented the agreement of Witwatersrand Taxi Association (WATA) and Nancefield Dube West (NANDUWE) taxi associations’ operations, at Hector Pietersen Memorial in Orlando West, Soweto.

Mamabolo said the discussions involved the department, WATA, NANDUWE and the community of Soweto about whether the community is satisfied and wants taxis back on the routes soon.

“Taxis will hit the routes on the 18 June 2019, following the two associations’ suspension from 15 March 2010. There will be 100 taxis from each associations, WATA and NANDUWE operating on the roads. The total of taxis from both associations will be 200. During the operation, stickers will be put on 200 taxis and the system will be recording those taxis. There will be monitoring by security companies about how the operation goes for three months”, said Mamabolo.

Chairperson of WATA Amon Majozi said they feel privileged as it is their first time to sit next to the MEC. He added that they have agreed to work together with NANDUWE, therefore to transport passengers.

“We are working with the department and law enforcement. Killings of each other in the taxi industry should stop”, said Majozi.

Gauteng National Taxi Association spokesperson Theo Malele said the agreement that has been signed is a symbol of final agreement.

“Financial Institutions repossessed many taxis under these two associations during strike. Children have dropped out of institutions, women have become widows and children are hungry as the results of taxi strike”, he said.

Malele added that as GNTA they call upon law enforcement and government to ensure that the signed agreement is practiced.

“No one should violate with the agreement and if so, should face full might of the law. We have had enough”, said Malele.

Mamabolo asked GNTA to facilitate the agreement with them as they are unveiling it to the people of Soweto.

“The agreement includes the following, executive committees from different associations joint together to deliver transport services to Soweto people. Affected routes should be investigated during the operation. There will be removal of armed security companies on the affected routes. The department will adapt the security which will monitor the commuters”, said Mamabolo.

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