Mchunu fires off warning to KZN taxi industry

2015-09-22 17:43
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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu put his foot down on Tuesday, saying any attempts by the taxi industry to destabilise the province would not be tolerated.

Mchunu, speaking in his capacity as chairperson of the Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster, was briefing Provincial Commissioner Mammonye Ngobeni on the recent taxi violence in Durban.

Mchunu said law enforcement agencies were keeping a close eye on illegal gatherings of taxi operators.

"Police are on top of the situation... The cooperation between the Metro Police, Department of Transport, SAPS and the National Prosecuting Authority is yielding positive results. We are doing all we can to ensure that law and order is preserved."

Mchunu rejected allegations by the taxi industry that his department was slow in issuing operating licences.

"More than 2 407 permits have been issued in the Durban region alone since last year and more than 265 have not been collected by the applicants.

"The fact that some [operators] are still owing traffic fines makes it difficult for them to obtain permission from the municipality to be issued with permits.

"Equally, the ongoing illegal recruitment of people by some taxi associations to become operators without permits is the main source of the taxi industry instability, over and above route encroachment," Mchunu said.

He condemned the escalation of violence in the taxi industry involving the Durban-based Sonke Long Distance Taxi Association and Port Shepstone-based Zamokuhle Long Distance Taxi Association.

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