Illegal meter taxi evictions under way

2015-11-19 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede Law enforcement and SAPS speak to meter taxi operators in Ryder Street on Monday morning.

PHOTO: precious gumede Law enforcement and SAPS speak to meter taxi operators in Ryder Street on Monday morning.

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LAW enforcement and Port Shepstone SAPS on Monday morning gathered in Ryder Street near Shoprite where illegal meter taxi operations are taking place.

This was to monitor an operation by Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) to evict Sheppy Cabs, which has been trading without permits there.

Sizanani Meter Taxi Association, the only official association permitted to operate in Port Shepstone, blocked Ryder Street and demanded that the municipality give them the stand that Sheppy Cabs is operating from.

Sizanani leaders then called an urgent meeting with the municipality, law enforcement and SAPS, asking them to do away with the illegal­ operators.

Sizanani deputy chairperson Sinothi­ Nyathi said in the meeting they made it clear that they have nothing to do with Sheppy Cabs.

He said they also asked the municipality to give them the Sheppy Cab stand as soon as possible.

On Wednesday, he told the Fever that the association is still waiting for the municipality to respond.

The announcement of the operation was made a month ago by HCM mayor Nomusa Mqwebu at a media briefing. She said an intensive operation will be conducted to achieve compliance with necessary­ statutes.

After the announcement the Fever­ visited Sheppy Cabs and spoke to the chairperson, Wiseman Zulu, who said that Sheppy Cabs was forming a legal association and were to meet with the municipality soon.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said last Monday a docket was opened by protection services as members were monitoring the situation and were then allegedly obstructed from carrying out their duty to check permits.

“An incitement to commit public violence docket was opened against one of the suspects, a 41-year-old, and investigations into this matter is ongoing,” said Wiid.

Municipal spokesperson Simon April said the municipality indicated to Sizanani that they have already started with enforcement in Ryder Street.

April said they also advised Sizanani­ that what they were doing was a transgression, irrespective of their complaint, because no one is allowed to block any road or sidewalk.

“We would like to emphasise that as the municipality we are committed to dealing with transgressors going forward and we are doing all within our power [in this regard].”

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