Santaco concerns about no response from municipality

2017-11-08 06:00

FOR a number of people living out of Greytown, the cost of transport to their homes is, depending on the time of the month, not always affordable, so they hitchhike. However, a new danger has been added to the hikers - assault and blackmail. Representatives of a taxi association place themselves at the corner of Durban and Maitland streets to bully hikers, in particular females.

In a recent incident a female hiker was beaten up and her bag with ID and so on, stolen. She has subsequently been informed by the attackers that if she pays R900 they will return her bag.

This is not the first such incident to have been reported and Umzinyathi South African National Taxi Association head, Jeffrey Ngobese told Greytown Gazette that Santaco had raised this and other matters several times in representations to Umvoti Municipality officials and full Council, but to date there had been no response.

Jeffrey said: “Our concern as the leadership of the taxi industry in this area is the non-working relationship between government and the taxi industry at municipal level, yet we believe that public transport is the responsibility of government.

“We took it upon ourselves to introduce the taxi industry’s programmes and challenges to council as follows: ranks are all over the town, illegal operators operating freely in Greytown, the municipality has an obligation to adopt the applicable by-laws and ensure that the enforcement agency is in place to deal with issues.

“No street shelters for taxi passengers, no platforms to deal with transport issues concerning passengers and taxi operators, yet legislation provides for ward committees on which the transport sector is supposed to be represented to raise public transport issues.”

Despite numerous requests there had been no response from the municipality and Jeffrey stated: “We have no option now but to call a mass meeting of all associations to report on the non-recognition of Santaco by Umvoti Municipality. We are not prepared to see instability in our town through the municipality failing to implement the law.”

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In a recent incident a female hiker was beaten up and her bag with ID and so on, stolen. She has subsequently been informed by the attackers that if she pays R900 they will return her bag.

In a recent incident a female hiker was beaten up and her bag with ID and so on, stolen. She has subsequently been informed by the attackers that if she pays R900 they will return her bag.

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In a recent incident a female hiker was beaten up and her bag with ID and so on, stolen. She has subsequently been informed by the attackers that if she pays R900 they will return her bag.

In a recent incident a female hiker was beaten up and her bag with ID and so on, stolen. She has subsequently been informed by the attackers that if she pays R900 they will return her bag.

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