Western Cape taxi ceasefire may be only a 'quick fix', cautions Sanco

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  • Sanco has said a ceasefire between taxi bodies is only a temporary fix.
  • Codeta and Cata agreed to a ceasefire after a spate of shootings in the Western Cape.
  • Taxi services are expected to resume on Friday.

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has dubbed efforts to quell taxi violence in the Western Cape a "quick fix".

Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell held an urgent meeting with the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata), Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta) and senior government officials on Thursday to discuss the taxi violence plaguing the province.

Taxi services were halted on Thursday ahead of the meeting to ensure the safety of drivers.

READ | Four people killed, five injured in taxi-related shootings in Cape Town

Mitchell said Cata and Codeta committed themselves to ensuring taxi transport operations resumed on Friday.

Both Cata and Codeta agreed to an immediate ceasefire.

"A pledge for peace that secures lives and livelihoods will be signed by both Cata and Codeta as a public acknowledgement of their commitment to peaceful engagements and to ensuring a safe and reliable transport system," he said.

Sanco said in a statement it remained sceptical of the new peace accord.

"We condemn quick fixes by the Western Cape government to the problem. We are convinced that only lasting solutions will resolve the matter and are sceptical of the peace accord the newly appointed MEC signed with taxi associations," Sanco Western Cape spokesperson Akhona Jonginamba said.

Jonginamba said the ceasefire would go a long way in saving lives but "matters of arbitration" still needed to be resolved for permanent change.

The organisation also called on the minister of transport to intervene.

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