Taxi association apologises to Mamelodi commuters

2015-07-10 20:04
Mamelodi taxi drivers show their documents. (News24 Correspondent)

Mamelodi taxi drivers show their documents. (News24 Correspondent)

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Pretoria - Life is set to return to normal in Mamelodi following the release of impounded minibus taxis.

Some of the minibus taxis were released on Friday afternoon with taxi operators promising to return to work.

"Mark my words, the community can rest assured that we are back on track, we are working. No more violence and we apologise," said Stemer Monageng from the Mamelodi Local and Long Distance Taxi Association.

"We really apologise because we need their support and they need us to transport them. We need them to support us so that they can get a subsidy. The difference of R10 and R14 is too much. We need to be able to charge them R8 and R6 must come from the government."

Monageng spoke to the media outside the Koedoespoort transport impound centre where the taxis were being released. 

The vehicles were confiscated in a violent dispute over the introduction in the area of new bus operator AutoPax. 

On Wednesday police impounded more than 50 taxis and other vehicles in the area in a bid to stop violence against Autopax, which replaced Putco's service.

Five people were injured when shots were fired at a Putco bus. Other buses were pelted with stones. 

On Thursday, commuters were left stranded when taxi drivers went on strike in protest over the issue.

Monageng also addressed the confusion that reigned throughout the day as government maintained that no agreement had been reached to release the taxis.

"We have our cars, government must defend itself as to who is lying about this. The taxis were released without having to pay any fine," he said.

Some owners, however, took it upon themselves to ensure the release of their vehicles as they paid the fines.

The operators who paid the fines said they had no knowledge of the agreement, but they needed their vehicles as it was their bread and butter.

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