Taxi violence - urgent intervention imperative

2015-06-03 06:00

THE IFP calls on the MEC of Transport, Willies Mchunu to urgently call an imbizo to address the taxi violence­ which has claimed many lives at Maphumulo in the iLembe District.

Urgent action is needed to address this violence. We don’t want to see people killing each other in KZN because of business interests or any other reasons. There are a few trigger-happy and stubborn elements who are responsible for the instability in the taxi industry and these individuals must be isolated. We must differentiate between “chance-takers, so-called izinkabi­ or hitmen and those who are earning a legitimate­ living.

Killing taxi operators and owners, lawlessness­ in the taxi industry, conflict over routes and power struggles over the control of associations need to be eradicated. This cannot continue unaddressed.

It is high time for the MEC of Transport, who is also the MEC for community safety, to look for extraordinary measures to address the problems facing the associations in the taxi industry. He must ensure that he stabilises the taxi industry in the best interests of commuters and the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

The IFP calls for the establishment of a joint task team to tackle the specific concerns in the taxi industry.

IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature

Blessed Gwala

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