Taxi associations smoke peace pipe

2015-09-03 06:00
About a thousand members from Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta), vowed to end bloodshed in their business, at Langa Sports Complex, on Thursday.

Mbongiseni Maseko

About a thousand members from Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) and Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta), vowed to end bloodshed in their business, at Langa Sports Complex, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Leaders and members of rival taxi organisations met in Langa last Thursady to thrash out their diffrences and make peace with each other.

The meeting between members of the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association(Cata) and the Congress for a Democratic Taxi Association(Codeta) brought together hundreds of warring industry members to the Langa Sports Complex.

They all spoke with one voice: That the war, which, according to some of them, started in 2011 and has claimed the lives of more than 30 victims has to come to an end.

Vusumzi Miselo, the chairperson of Codeta, said the fighting started after the organisations lost some members to the newly formed Delft Taxi Association (DTA).

Miselo said the unity between Cata and Codeta should be a vehicle to take the industry back to basics and the business of the industry.

During the meeting, it was resolved to invite the DTA to a meeting to iron out all their differences and to allow the peace process to take its course.

Miselo said an adhoc committee set up to establish law and order within the factions was suddenly dissolved, thus giving muscle to lawlessness, which contributed immensely to the killings.

“People began to die after the committee was dissolved. We are here today to say that shall not happen again. There are so many people who have lost their lives since 2011. We want to put an end to bloodshed and mayhem.

Phansi ngokubulalana sodwa (Let us stop killing each other). The massive number of people present here is evidence that both associations are saying enough is enough with the killings. We must always defend the truth,” Miselo said.

He said some members were “told lies” that if they follow the breakaway association it would “take them somewhere”.

He added that members should work and earn a living the right way.

Miselo said those who find it hard to work with the associations now that they are united in one voice for peace leave and look for greener pastures in the Eastern Cape.

There is a 15/15 committee formed by members from both associations which will sit at least once a month to ensure the smooth running of the associations.

It was also mentioned that there is an “intelligence structure” for the associations which always gets all the information about the killings and all bad behaviour by the members.

The associations have also designed a logo which is now their letter head to ensure that they speak with one voice to government and other stakeholders.

He also said Codeta supported the MyCiti concept to expand route in Khayelitsha.

He said he once overheard some elders “spreading lies” that he received some millions of rands to allow MyCiti in the area.

Nqazeleni Matayitayi, chairperson for Cata, applauded the effort to make peace.

“We all have to say enough is enough with the killings. Our intention is for all of us to speak peace. We will make errors as we work together, because we are human beings, but we need to come together and correct those errors in a good way. There is no one who is perfect, but if we can come together and speak in one voice we would be perfect. Both associations had good intentions before things started going the wrong way. We realised that we are sitting with a big problem in our midst, that is why we called the meeting with our brothers to sit down and talk. God wants our business to run smoothly and beautifuly. We all want peace,” Matayitayi said.

Mandla Mata, first deputy chairperson of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in the province, applauded the efforts towards peace.

“I would like to thank you for what I see here today. Dissolving the committee showed that people wanted not to be lead like the people of Israel, who decided to speak directly to God, instead of allowing Moses to be the mediator. I thank you for the reunion after we have realised that we have been walking on the land that we should not been walking on,” Matayitayi said.

Almost all the speakers on the day quoted from bible and their meeting was opened and closed with heartfelt prayers.

Elders from both associations also raised their voice against the killings.

They also said they are positive that the effort will bear fruit

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