Covid-19: Help us protect our passengers, taxi operators urge government

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Commuters taxis being disinfected. (Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images)
Commuters taxis being disinfected. (Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images)

The story: Taxi owners have called on the government to help them protect passengers from Covid-19.

How we know: Thabiso Molelekwa, spokesperson for the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO), told GroundUp that the taxi industry is not getting any help from the government with the supply of masks and sanitisers.

What was said: "A trip to the Eastern Cape is about 14 hours. Both drivers and passengers would need at least two masks to ensure hygiene and safety but there is zero support from the government regarding that matter. People want to visit their families in Eastern Cape and need to feel safe there on the taxi," Molelekwa said.

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