UPDATE: Taxi strike suspended after talks with Transport MEC

(Traveller24/Unathi Nkanjeni)
(Traveller24/Unathi Nkanjeni)
Unathi Nkanjeni

Cape Town - The Western Cape Transport Department has confirmed that the taxi strike has been suspended.

In a statement, Transport MEC Donald Grant has confirmed that all parties will cease strike action after a meeting between him, SANTACO and a group identifying themselves as an industry 'Task Team'. 

The dispute arose from an unsuccessful industry meeting on Wednesday, where there's concern regarding internal constitutional processes of the election of SANTACO leaders.

SEE: ALERT: Taxi strike stranding commuters in Cape Town

"I have instructed my Department to procure the services of an independent mediator, with a legal background, to engage both parties on their identified issues. The mediation process will seek to explore, in relation to the upcoming regional and provincial elections, the key areas of concern, while identifying the root causes of disagreements and finding long term solutions," says Grant.

During the strike many commuters were left stranded as bus and train services were delayed by long queues and torched vehicles. Grant also urged industry leaders to call for calm from their members after scenes of violence from the strike dominated social media.

MyCiti Bus has suspended routes on D01, D02, D03, D04 and A01 until further notice.

"My office, and the Department of Transport and Public Works, continue to engage regularly with the minibus taxi industry and to provide assistance where possible without interfering in their autonomy as an independent body. We will continue to support the industry through a structured agreement with the democratically elected provincial council," says Grant.

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