Taxi fare protests hit pupils

2012-06-06 00:00

PROTESTS over taxi fares have left pupils unable to get to school to write mid-year exams. Attendance at more than 40 schools in Nkanyezini, Swayimani Cramond and Albert Falls has plummeted.

Protesters have blocked access to and from the areas by placing stones and trees on the roads.

Provincial Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said it had asked the taxi associations to suspend the taxi fare hike for 30 days to accommodate consultations between them and the communities.

“We identified the weakness in communication between the taxi associations and the communities, so we are working towards solving the problem,” said Ncalane.

“We have to … work closely with ward committees, so that price increases won’t come as a surprise,” he added, condemning the violence of the protests.

Provincial Education Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the strike against taxis was unfortunate. “It comes at a critical time when some pupils are writing their mid-year exams, but we are in negotiation with the national department about the affected schools in this province.”

”Nkanyezini Taxi Association has decided against increasing fares following the dispute and would allow a consultation meeting tomorrow,” said chairperson Bafana Ndlovu.


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