Durban taxi strike may resume

2012-05-25 08:43

Durban - Durban’s taxi strike might resume after the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance said on Thursday there had been no response to drivers' demands.

Last week, 60 people were arrested during a strike by taxi drivers, which turned violent, after they complained they were being unfairly targeted by the eThekwini metro police.

Alliance chairperson Eugene Hadebe said there had been no response to the drivers' eight demands and that a meeting would be held with the affected taxi groups on Friday.

He said it was likely that the strike would resume either on Monday or on Tuesday.

He accused city councillors of running away from their responsibilities.

"We must give them a lesson in how to treat their customers."

Hadebe said metro police should not issue fines or impound taxis.

Motorists owe the eThekwini municipality R1.3 billion in unpaid fines.

The city had until Thursday to respond to the taxi drivers' demands.

They want traffic tickets be issued in isiZulu, and demand the cancellation of all warrants of arrest.

They further seek an end to traffic enforcement during morning and afternoon peak hours.

Other demands include that no Indians or whites write tickets because some taxi drivers do not speak English, and that drivers be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere.

Last Thursday and Friday, 60 people were arrested for public violence after police fought running street battles with the protesters.

Forty-six of them appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday and were released on bail of R1 500 each. The others were released without being charged.

KwaZulu-Natal transport department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said transport MEC Willies Mchunu had informed the provincial executive of developments in the negotiations.

He said the taxi industry had a mandate to transport commuters by virtue of the fact that they had been issued licences.

"Ours is that we have given them a mandate that they must uphold. We must be open to communication, but we cannot tolerate a situation where the law is undermined."

Ncalane said the department would seek negotiations with taxi owners and drivers in an attempt to resolve the problems.

He warned that the department would consider legal avenues to take the "harshest action possible" if there was a repeat of last week’s violence.

There were no negotiations taking place with the department on Thursday or Friday, but the department was hoping to resume talks next week, he said.

eThekwini metro spokesman Superintendent Eugene Msomi said the city had formulated a response to the demands.

It planned to present this to the protesters next week when everybody, including provincial officials and Mchunu, was available.

  • John - 2012-05-25 08:47

    let them stike for as long as they want the roads will be safer for us normal law abiding road users

      Rob - 2012-05-25 08:55

      Yes agreed. Not only will they lose income, but should be made to pay the R 3.2 billion outstanding in fines, before any " negotiations " are entered into.

      John - 2012-05-25 09:04

      spot on rob.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-05-25 09:17

      Absolutely. In fact they should impound all the unroadworthy taxi's, and sell them for scrap to recover some of the millions in unpaid fines. All the cops should have shoulder cameras and car cameras so that every taxi that is stopped for a violation is recorded on video, and there can be no dispute in court. That way any corrupt cops can't take bribes either.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-25 09:23

      Now if only the Durban Metro cops had the guts to deal with these criminals...

      Michael - 2012-05-25 09:38

      All these demands are hogwash except one,the language issue. If a taxi driver in Umlazi is Zulu and the traffick official is Zulu and the Margistrate in the Umlazi court is Zulu,why must they all converse in English? Those Indians and white cops who work in Umlazi courts and police stations must learn English,in as much as Africans stationed in Chatsworth or other less african dominated places must learn English,well they do. A doctor who works at Prince Mshiyeni hospital in Umlazi must be forced to learn Zulu because almost 100% of patients are Zulu and mostly don't understand english that well. Why must the dominant language in an area be compromised just to accomodate very few non-Zulu people. If you service an Afrikaans dominat place you need to speak that language. As a Dr you'll misdiagnose a patient because of miscommunication.They must not get rid of Indian and white cops but those guys must learn the dominant lingo or quit.

      Jono - 2012-05-25 09:40

      Just give them each a key to the city!!! they do what they want in anyway so it wont make a diff!!!

      Mike - 2012-05-25 10:32

      Agreed, but think of the implications for their passengers not being able to get to work, or at best will arrive very late for work. Then there's the issue of the same people getting home again, probably very late. Businesses may also suffer through not having adequate numbers of staff present. Overall, the effect of the proposed strike by this bunch of mobsters is only negative, and for all parties concerned.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-25 08:53

    Who cares, They will just lose money.

  • Dexter - 2012-05-25 08:59

    HAHAHA F@#$ all taxi drivers, they are the lowest form of human on the planet. Only a brainless moron taxi driver would have such insane demands. Get rid of each and every one of these road pirates. Metro cops should drive around with rocket launchers, that would be fun!!

  • Warren - 2012-05-25 09:01

    How the hell are councilors taxi drivers customers? Taxis don't even pay proper taxes, the city owes them nothing.

  • Roy - 2012-05-25 09:08

    Threats from the taxi industry if we don't cave in to their rediculous demands. The rest of us motorists should stand together against these hooligans. If they want to get violent then perhaps other motorists should respond accordingly - If things are going to get ugly, might as well have casualties on both sides and not just ours!!

  • Abdul - 2012-05-25 09:18

    We need an efficient safe public transport system in SA. Take a look at pics of the carnage caused not just by taxis, but other motorists too. Look at GOTCHA and WATCHIT on the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Nosiphom - 2012-05-25 09:18

    Why did you not improve rail and bus transport and squeeze these criminals out

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-25 09:33

      Because there are far too many councillors with one or more fingers in the taxi industry's pies.

  • Heinz - 2012-05-25 09:20

    Teach these idiots a lesson.

  • Carolyn - 2012-05-25 09:22

    Maybe the response was written in English???

  • Bronwyn - 2012-05-25 09:24

    Ban them from entering the city centre and increase the "people mover" buses and mynah buses. How much do these strikes cost the city? I'm sure getting extra buses etc would be cheaper. The taxis are a business. When you don't deliver, your customers go else where! Our public system is way overdue a revamp!!!!Come on Ethekweni Municipality now's the perfect time!!!!

  • Ikraam - 2012-05-25 09:26

    the govermment should just cancel all their permits to operate and see how the demands change

  • Henry - 2012-05-25 09:31

    The durban cops should take them all out too sea for a meeting and throw them all overboard,those that make it back to shore should be granted their demands. There should be plenty survivers,everyone knows zulu taxi drivers are strong swimmers

  • Denzil - 2012-05-25 09:32

    "Other demands include that no Indians or whites write tickets because some taxi drivers do not speak English, and that drivers be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere." I suggest that no "Indian" or "Whites" take taxis as the Drivers do not speak English and might not understand where they must drop you off.

  • Denzil - 2012-05-25 09:34

    For years I was wondering why Taxi Drivers don't stop at "STOP" Signs. Now I know - its one of the only signs with ENGLISH written on it. This must be changed immediately !

  • Matthew - 2012-05-25 10:00

    You want to protest/destroy the streets till you get your way.go for it,it only prooves to show people that you are the barbaric primates that everyone says you are. But if i was heading the metro,i would put you all down and in your place!!! no meetings,no demands,no negoitiations,there's been enough of that,and all you guys do is "take the piss" out of it. Theres been enough of that and all taxi drivers protesting and supporting these "demands" should be put down or in prison.lets see what demands you'll be making then?! "Lifetime supply of vaseline" perhaps?

  • giovanni.izar - 2012-05-25 10:09

    I think we should form a new union. TPU Taxi Passengers Union. The passenger as rights to a safe and pleasant journey. 1 driver and 1 assistant vs 16 passengers in a 16 seater and not 24 passengers in a 16 seater. What’s possible chance does the Taxi have of arguing. I imagine a simple cell phone app for reporting these lawless people. If they get bust for putting ANY life in Danger, they lose their Taxi license with no possibility of renewal. I said it before and I say it again. Fix the Taxi problem in this country and half our problems are solved.

      Nazeem - 2012-05-25 10:23

      Start the process,what is there to lose?

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-25 10:14

    how about demanding that you dont want whites or indians in your deathtraps either, asswipes

  • Steve - 2012-05-25 10:28

    Can i suggest the commuters stone the taxi's instead of taxi's stoning businesses and causing mayhem or commuters will be walking or having to take leave or even some may loose their jobs ? Power to the commuter and not the taxi drivers Spread this idea far and wide.

  • Brad Binneman - 2012-05-25 10:29

    This is actually a joke! Who do taxi drivers think they are!

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-25 10:34

    Don't cave to a SINGLE demand. Let them know that they aren't above the law. And bring rubber bullets and tear gas to their next strike please.

  • Dirk Lourens - 2012-05-25 10:37

    my life is threatened everytime i get in my car. my life is threatened everytime i cycle to classes. yesterday took a fall having to swerve because a taxi turned in front of me without indicating as well as speeding. last week to the doctor i taxi nearly t-boned me on the drivers side of my car. shortly before that a taxi driver tried chasing me down on my bicycle. i hate them. they demand that peak hours should not have traffic officers present? so that they can kill me before or after classes when i try crossing at the zebra-crossing? they demand that they may stop anywhere- you mean that they stop horizontally in a through-road at an hourly rate is not stopping where you want? as far as facts are concerned they are all driving illegally. as of now, it is a fact that south african traffic law does not apply to taxi drivers. they stop ON circles, make u-turns literally everywhere, they actually seem to target cyclists. i feel im wasting my time mentioning what they do wrong. if anything, the meeting should tell them they can expect nothing, on the contrary- increase enforcement. before durban becomes like PE where taxi drivers own the road. if you plan on travelling, wear a helmet in your car, at least you'll be buried with your face in tact that way.

  • Morama - 2012-05-25 10:41

    I am not about ethnicity or something of that nature.Looking at their demands,i can understand why Kwazulu-Natal has been run by Buthelezi's IFP and now because Zuma is of the same Tribe then no wonder ANC has won this province.This are the same people that are going to vote for ANC in the coming elections.....Dear lord help South Africa!!!!

  • basie.pretorius - 2012-05-25 10:43

    @Micheal It was there choice to vote for 11 official languages and how the hell did they obtain their licenses if they can't understand or speak english Fine the bast@rds and lokck them up so that all roads can be safer

  • grantdean10 - 2012-05-25 10:44

    If they obeyed the rules of the road like all other motorists, and didn't think they were above the law, there wouldn't be an issue! They probably are being targeted more than other motorists because they are driving like a bunch of animals!

  • Loo - 2012-05-25 10:45

    DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND .. our country gets DEMANDED in its moer in

  • Morama - 2012-05-25 10:46

    Now ANC has created a lot of crap for themselves because when they canvass for elections they make promises like as taxi drivers and owners are looking for to be fullfilled.Hahahah.....elections time is gone so please ANC,it's only yourself who can make such promises!!! Time for implementation...LOL!!!

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-05-25 10:55

    Are you meant to tell me that a taxi carrying upto (+-) 20 passengers at any given time, does not have ONE person in that taxi who can't translate from Zulu into English for the driver if they don't understand English?! 90% of taxi users work for 'english' speaking people, so that's just a very piss poor excuse. Their demands are ridiculous! There are more than enough bus/taxi stop areas allocated for them, yet they still want to slam on brakes everytime they see someone standing on the side of the road, causing accidents or near accidents. If these demands are met, then GOD help us all!

  • Johann - 2012-05-25 11:02

    Lock them up. Stop them in traffic time, let them strike. Let them continues. That all they really can do in life. How may taxi accident will be there and innocent people be kill.

  • Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-05-25 11:02

    zulu all the way

      giovanni.izar - 2012-05-25 15:43

      A good reason why ayayaya

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-25 11:47

    This country will become more lawless if these demands are met. Who do these taxi drivers think they are by demanding no tickets be issued and no traffic enforcement during peak hours. How come no word from our National government on these issues of blatant lawless demands. WHY ??

  • Rob - 2012-05-25 11:48

    Authority is vested in the government of the day, even if it is corrupt. Authority demands respect, not always for the person but always for the institution. I am so confused by how respect is displayed by anyone with an axe (to grind) in SA. WHat exactly does it mean to respect?

  • xavind - 2012-05-25 12:56

    So they don't understand English some of them??? I'm a Indian taxi commuter and I can't speak Zulu so if I say stop here will they not understand??? What about road signs marking do they not understand that???

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-05-25 13:30

    The resolution of the taxi problem is as follows: - all outstanding warrants of arrest must be served - all outstanding fines must be paid - all taxis must be inspected for road worthiness quarterly - all taxi drivers must be registered as tax payers and pay tax on a deemed income of R100k pa - if you as a taxi driver are not a registered tax payer, your public carriers drivers license will be revoked, you may not purchase a taxi and you may not be granted finance on a taxi - un-roadworthy taxis must be removed from the road and destroyed - taxi drivers must be charged with murder if passengers die in accidents which they are involved in - heads of taxi associations must be arrested for racketeering, gangsterism and incitement to violence Stop trying to appease this thrash, iron fist and take control.

      Rob - 2012-05-25 14:35

      I hope you are involved in the bargaining process. 100% spot on.

  • Schmee - 2012-05-25 13:52

    And in the meantime my staff that really do want to come to work make alternative arrangements to get here. However their transport is now probably safer.

  • Winifred - 2012-05-26 11:23

    Government is always looking for excuses to send their ministers etc on paid holidays, why dont they send them to the U.K. or Australia to find out how their taxi system operates then come back and do something constructive. I am sure if they succeed and educated the taxi bosses then we as taxpayers will be very happy as it will be money well spent.

  • Nompumelelo - 2012-07-25 06:29

    Yoo ay ngeke this is not good at all

  • Nompumelelo - 2012-07-25 06:29

    Yoo ay ngeke this is not good at all

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