Looming taxi chaos in Port Shepstone

2018-07-12 06:02
PHOTO: thami ka-nkosiIllegal ‘Standaton’ taxi loading zone in the Port Shepstone

PHOTO: thami ka-nkosiIllegal ‘Standaton’ taxi loading zone in the Port Shepstone

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TAXI associations have met with the Ray Nkonyeni Law enforcement, Department of Transport, and SAPS under the Ray Nkonyeni municipality to find out when illegal taxi ranks would draw to a close.

The meeting was held at Uvongo Town hall last week and follows a number of meetings between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.

Santaco provincial spokesman Mandla Mzelemu said, at the meeting, that the taxi industry hoped to provide possible solutions on how public transport could be made efficient, and asked the Ray Nkonyeni law enforcement agency to act upon a taxi rank he referred to as “illegal”.

Mzelemu said the “Standaton” taxi rank, on Nelson Mandela Drive opposite Shoprite, and the one in Shelly Centre, Marine Drive, should be closed as they are illegal and create chaos and taxi violence.

The main source of conflict was the Margate to Port Shepstone route, served largely by the local Bambanani taxi associations. The Gamalakhe and Nyandezulu associations are believed to be the main cause of this so-called illegal taxi rank.

“We need to take over the rank so we can deal with some of the issues, such as crime,” said Mzelemu.

A reliable source said it seems as if the municipality is failing to stop illegal taxi ranks that are operating within its vicinity.

“The lack of communication from the municipality on what is happening makes us believe that someone within the law enforcement is involved,” the source claims.

“We want to be informed since we are the main taxi-rank users, and we also want to be involved,” he said.

Municipal manager Max Mbili said there are plans in place to close all the illegal tax ranks.

He said the grievances have been looked at and addressed by the municipality however the Standaton taxi operator, who refused to be named, said that they will not be bullied by the municipality and the police.

“We will operate. If they are looking for a war, they could try and remove us,” he said.

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