KZN govt, taxi owners in joint bid to end violence

2016-12-21 06:01
Officials from the KZN government and the taxi industry (from left) KZN Santaco chairperson Boy Zondi, Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo, uMgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo, MEC for Transport and Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda and uMgungundlovu Santaco deputy chairperson Nhlanhla Nkomo visited the Edendale Taxi (eMgodini) in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday in a bid to resolve conflict amongst the taxi operators. PHOTO: Thami Mkhulisa

Officials from the KZN government and the taxi industry (from left) KZN Santaco chairperson Boy Zondi, Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo, uMgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo, MEC for Transport and Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda and uMgungundlovu Santaco deputy chairperson Nhlanhla Nkomo visited the Edendale Taxi (eMgodini) in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday in a bid to resolve conflict amongst the taxi operators. PHOTO: Thami Mkhulisa

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THE KZN government and the taxi industry’s heavyweights have combined efforts to put to an end the on-going taxi violence in Pietermaritzburg.

The move follows violence between legal and illegal operators, triggered by the shooting of a legal taxi driver over a taxi route dispute in Esigodini, near Edendale on Monday.

Last Tuesday, MEC for Transport and Community Safety Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda together with Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo, uMgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo and KZN Santaco chairperson Boy Zondi visited the Edendale Taxi rank, known as eMgodini, where they engaged with drivers.

KZN Community Safety and Liaison spokesperson Mluleki Mntungwa said the MEC received a verbal report from the taxi association and the police.

He said Kaunda committed to work with the municipality and the taxi regulator to quell the illegal operation.

This will be by making further engagements with the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that detailed investigations are conducted to secure convictions of wrongdoers.

“The MEC said some of these taxi violence perpetrators would be arrested and later be released because of insufficient evidence,” said Mdonkwa.

“Police will maintain a strong presence at the hotspot areas.”

He added that Kaunda has called on the municipality to work on improving the state of the taxi ranks to ensure they are safe.

Njilo condemned the violence and appealed to taxi operators to be more tolerant of each other.

He said Msunduzi will be implementing a system used in Newcastle to easily identify the taxi associations by the usage of different colours.

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