Fears of unrest as MyCiti might block taxis from Southern Suburbs

The Retreat Taxi Association fears there’ll be unrest if a MyCiTi route is introduced to the Southern Suburbs.

Traffic officials block a group of taxi drivers near Parliament on 20 November 2014. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A member of the Retreat Taxi Association fears there will be unrest on taxi routes in the Southern Suburbs if a MyCiTi bus route is introduced.

On Thursday, a few taxi associations tried to march to Parliament, calling on the transport minister to address their grievances surrounding the matter.

Traffic officials however boxed the group in before they could reach the gates of Parliament.

The Retreat Taxi Association's Sulaiman Brenner says there's no doubt that once the MyCiTi service is introduced on their route, their livelihood will be affected.

"If you send them letters stating that there are people infringing on your routes, you get no answer. You've seen the marches that the Retreat Taxi Association had to town, which was peaceful, but it seems that if you do things peacefully, the premier and mayor don't listen."

An official from the transport minister's office received their list of grievances and said she would respond in due course.