Government was wrong: Mamelodi taxi operators

2015-07-09 20:18

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Johannesburg - Mamelodi taxi operators say government was wrong to impound their taxis following a decision to release them.

"Government was extremely wrong, they impounded our taxis by mistake," said Stemer Monageng from the Mamelodi Local and Long Distance Taxi Association.

"Government brought in Operation Fiela and the operation is conducted by people from outside the area and whether you have legitimate documents, it does not matter to them. Those people were just focused on impounding cars because they thought we were still fighting."

Monageng's statements followed a decision to release all the impounded taxis by Friday. He said the decision was reached following a meeting with stakeholders where they showed documents proving that their vehicles were legitimate and should not have been impounded.

"Tomorrow [Friday] is just a matter of going to collect the cars. We have already started the process but time did not allow for all the necessary steps to be followed to ensure their release," he said.

The release of the taxis brings to an end the minibus taxi strike that left commuters in the township stranded on Thursday. 

On Wednesday, police impounded more than 50 taxis and other vehicles in the area in a bid to stop violence against a new bus operator.

Commuters in Mamelodi were left stranded on Thursday morning as taxi drivers went on strike in protest against the police action. 

Taxi operators became violent last week when buses operated by Autopax were introduced to replace Putco's service. Five people were injured when a Putco bus was shot at. Buses were also pelted with stones.

Monageng guaranteed commuters that taxis would be operating on Friday.

A meeting has been scheduled with Gauteng Premier David Makhura to find a long term solution to the transport problems in the township.

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