Taxi rivals meet in peace talks

2010-11-30 00:00

DISAGREEMENTS over routes and the acceptance of new operators have been cited as causes of renewed taxi violence in the midlands.

This was revealed in a meeting between Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu and two rival taxi associations, Bhamshela and Dalton, yesterday morning.

At the gathering at Dalton police station, it emerged that the collection of trip fees used to pay wages for rank managers and the turns for minibus-taxis to load commuters are also at the root of the dispute.

Mchunu met the taxi associations following the cold-blooded murder of taxi driver Skhulu Thusi (55) on the R613 on Novemer 23.

The row between the associations is believed to have led to the murder of Bhamshela Taxi Association chairperson Reverend Simon Mkhwanazi.

He was killed at ­Appelsbosch taxi rank on April 14.

During yesterday’s meeting, Mchunu told members of the associations to consult the Transport Department’s taxi register before accepting new taxi operators.

He said only people with valid minibus taxi operating licences can operate.

A follow-up meeting will be held on a date to be decided, said Mchunu­’s spokesperson, Kwanele Ncalane.

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