MEC intervenes in taxi dispute

2015-06-04 06:00
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Transport MEC Willies Mchunu (left) signs a new agreement with Ugu taxi operators to stop the violence.

Photo: omega moagI Transport MEC Willies Mchunu (left) signs a new agreement with Ugu taxi operators to stop the violence.

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KWAZULU-NATAL Transport MEC Willies Mchunu addressed taxi associations from around Ugu on Tuesday in his bid to quell the violence that has flared up recently.

He said this was the third time he had to come to the area to end disputes between warring taxi operators since April 2012.

Mchunu unpacked an action plan that was discussed in earlier meetings. Some of the issues addressed were the Bambanani Association­ Margate to Durban route where he said operation on this route should end as it was not legally authorised. The use of Marine Drive by Gamalakhe­, Margate and Nyandezulu associations, where definitive routes were laid out for the different associations as well as a rank management system, including a full security system is to be implemented by the municipality. At the end of the meeting a co-operation agreement was signed by the MEC and the taxi associations. Mchunu said that the terms of the agreement were legally binding and would be implemented from Wednesday. Any members who purposely fail to comply would be subjected to a legal process which included the confiscation of operating licences he said.

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