Taxis:Strike off after talks at eleventh hour

2012-05-30 00:00

AUTHORITIES averted a second taxi strike by drivers in Durban last night after meeting association bosses who earlier in the day decided to halt all services.

Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane confirmed by text message from the meeting that taxis from eThekwini region would continue to operate.

The breakthrough was achieved by MEC Willies Mchunu and eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo.

Earlier yesterday, taxi associations agreed to halt services indefinitely after their demands for leniency and special concessions from Metro police were ignored.

Nearly two weeks ago the city was rocked by unrest when taxi drivers protested to the eThekwini Municipality, claiming harassment by traffic officers.

Police were deployed to quell the violence and scores were arrested for public disorder. About 46 taxi drivers appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court and were bailed for R1 500 each.

Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi could not be reached for comment last night.

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