Jabulani Sikhakhane | Subsidise public transport, but give the money to commuters

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Jabulani Sikhakhane (Supplied)
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The minibus taxi industry has been crying foul for many years now, pointing out that it transports 66.5% of commuters, but receives no subsidy from government. By contrast, buses and rail, which move 23.6% and 9.9% of commuters respectively, get billions from government.

On the surface, this skewed relationship between commuter usage of public transport modes and government subsidies, points to a great injustice against minibus taxi owners. That's true. However, there's an even greater injustice against commuters. If government wants to provide more public transport subsidies, that money should go directly into the pockets of commuters.

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