Jhb mayor bound to taxi talks

2010-03-28 20:07

Johannesburg - Johannesburg's executive mayor, Amos Masondo, on Sunday condemned any form of violence or intimidation used to achieve goals.

Masondo was speaking in Soweto at the funeral of the president of the Top Six Taxi Association, Sipho Mtambo, who died last week. He served on the city's steering committee for the implementation of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system.

"Protest action in terms of our Constitution is perfectly legitimate," Masondo said in his prepared remarks.

"It is the violence, intimidation, harassment, damage to property and the general anarchy that we find completely unacceptable."

He paid tribute to Mlambo, saying that he "saw ahead" and always identified opportunities and possibilities.

Masondo said it was sad that there were still people who thought they could make their point through violence and strikes.

He again committed the city to continued transport negotiations with everybody involved.

"Let us rely on the strength of our arguments and a compelling case rather than brute force."