Durban taxi strike over - for now

2015-09-29 06:00

THE minibus taxi strike that left the city crippled last week is officially over, an eThekwini senior member of council has said.

Speaker for the eThekwini Municipality Logie Naidoo confirmed that taxis would be operational as normal from Friday.

The eThekwini Metro Police clamped down on errant taxi operators over the weekend, impounding nearly 300 minibuses. The operation was part of route permit enforcement.

Naidoo told News24 a release fine of R1 500 per vehicle impounded was negotiated between taxi associations and municipal officials.

“This was reached after much discussion. The important thing for us is that the city becomes operational once again. We have a world-class city and our transport system is essential.”

However, Naidoo cautioned that outstanding issues were still being negotiated.

“There are still a number of issues to discuss between the municipality and the taxi associations.

“We have to understand that our officials are enforcing by-laws that must be followed.

“These negotiations will be ongoing, but for now we have stability brought back to our work force. I think at this stage this is the most pertinent fact,” Naidoo said.

- Kaveel Singh (News 24)

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