Premier calls for indaba to deal with taxi unrest

2012-07-26 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal is to hold a taxi indaba within the next two months to deal with tensions within the industry.

Premier Zweli Mkhize said the idea for the indaba came after the provincial cabinet received a report last week on the situation in the taxi industry.

Mkhize said the cabinet was concerned about recent community protests related to taxi fare increases, which had turned violent. Communities complained that they were not consulted about the increases.

“We felt there should be a process that could take communities on board and allow for consultation. The two sides m ust meet rather than clash on the streets with burning tyres and barricades.”

He said another concern was the taxi industry’s protest.

Mkhize said the taxi owners raised a large number of issues, including delays in the issuing of licences and the conduct of law enforcement agencies.

He added that even more worrying were the illegal activities within the industry, such as the shootings and violent deaths of a number of taxi leaders.

“In light of all of this we will be holding an indaba at which the industry, law enforcement, commuters and experts can come together and share their views to assist to stabilise this industry, ” said the premier.

He added that a key aim of the indaba was to come up with ways to deal with problems that arsose so that the industry was not easily disrupted when tensions arise.

The premier said the indaba would take place in early August or September.

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