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Autopax buses attacked in Mamelodi

TMPD says no-one has been injured, but some roads remain blocked by stones and rubble.

FILE: Commuters are stranded in Mamelodi as taxi drivers won’t allow Autopax buses to operate in the area on 1 July 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) says Autopax buses in Mamelodi continue to come under attack from protesting taxi drivers this morning, with at least four buses damaged and two others involved in an accident.

TMPD says no-one has been injured, but some roads remain blocked by stones and rubble.

The Mamelodi Taxi Association (MTA) says a disagreement about the tender to operate Putco's old routes has left many drivers unhappy and they are unable to prevent them from protesting.

TMPD superintendent Isaac Mahamba said, "It's a concern because whenever the buses are moving they're being targeted by stoning. So we can't say they're can move freely. Hence, we've deployed our officers to take care of this particular problem."

He says TMPD will ensure the situation returns to normal.

TAXI DRIVERS

The MTA says it's up to its members to decide if they will allow Autopax buses to operate in Tshwane as discussions about who will control the old Putco routes are still underway.

Taxi drivers have protested against the introduction of Autopax to replace Putco which has cancelled its service in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng.

This morning metro police have been escorting the buses out of the depot, but some have come under attack.

A member of the MTA, who identified himself as Mr Monaheng, says transport MEC Ismail Vadi is refusing to allow taxis to run the routes.

"We don't have an agreement because the province must give the tender to the City of Tshwane where it will be controlled by the mayor. At the moment, all the power lies with the MEC. As of now, our members will decide what they going to do."

MEC

Yesterday, Vadi assured commuters there wouldn't be any disruptions after meeting with local taxi associations.

"We've assured commuters and confirmed with the taxi associations that it's just an interim contract which will last for three months."

Vadi says among the decisions taken are a proposal to the provincial department for a solution.

"The City of Tshwane will submit its proposal to the provincial department for consideration on how to integrate bus operators and taxi operators in and around Mamelodi."

But Mzamo Dube, who represents taxi drivers, says it's just not possible for buses and taxis to operate in the area.

"And suddenly without any notice or warning here come the buses which we were told cannot operate in this area. Hence, Putco indicated that it has experienced losses here."

Dube said government promised they would control the routes in Mamelodi after Putco pulled out.

"We've been given the promise that we will be empowered. We took a workshop of familiarising ourselves with the ticketing system."