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Taxi services 'essential'

21 May 2012, 15:18

The Taxi Industry serving the Historically Disadvantaged communities should be proclaimed An Essentail Service, just as Health Care Services are. Every time taxi services are withheld without prior notice, the lives of many people are put at stake. Health Care Practitioners do not reach their place of employment, patients cannot reach clinics and hospitals for appointments, school children are deprived of their opportunity to learn, worker and employer anxiety is heightened and the economy is affected badly.

The people of Soweto were recently affected by this withdrawal of services, and the Durbanites are now at the mercy of taximen disputing some or other thing and raisng anxiety levels of commuters yet again. How much longer must this Freedom to Strike or Express one's displeasure impinge negatively on the Mental Health of South Africans without the protection of the Transport Minister or the Government as a whole? Can the Consumer Commissioner or the Public Protector step in and help? It appears that too much Freedom with too little compassion and responsibility is an imbalance that is sickening our communities excessively. Can we please get a "Benevolent Autocrat" to sort out South Africa?

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