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CT roadblocks leave 100 scholars stranded

About 100 school pupils are stranded after traffic officials pulled over unroadworthy taxis.

About 100 school pupils have been left stranded after traffic officials pulled over unroadworthy taxis. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - About 100 school children are stranded in Zonnebloem as traffic officers pull over taxis in the area.

This forms part of the Western Cape Transport Department's Scholar Transport Safety Operation.

The school pupils are standing on an open field as they wait for buses, which the provincial transport department is trying to arrange for them.

Across the road about 20 minibus taxis are lined up and traffic officers are taking down drivers' details.

Many of the vehicles are either unroadworthy or their drivers don't have licences.

Provincial Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says while such operations can be an inconvenience, they are necessary to ensure the safety of school children.

Meanwhile, the department says a partnership between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in the Cape and a vehicle dealership could improve the taxi industry's safety record.

They will split all the profits from sales of a new taxi vehicle model, which was unveiled on Wednesday.

Santaco's Sipho Centani says they hope to see more of these joint ventures.

"We have been waiting for this for so long. There should be competition between these rich companies giving us vehicles. If it's only one company, at some stage it will be nailing us in terms of finance. But if there's competition, they won't do that."

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