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Prasa seeks urgent solution to Mamelodi crisis

Prasa has called for calm after its buses were stoned in Mamelodi on Thursday.

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 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says it has called for a meeting with taxi associations in Mamelodi after a two day standoff between bus drivers and taxi operators.

Autopax, a Prasa subsidiary was due to start a three month long contract this week after Putco cancelled its contracts.

But taxi drivers have disrupted operations, leaving commuters in the lurch as they seek to control the routes.

Prasa has called for calm in Mamelodi saying commuters have the right to choose between buses and taxis to get to work.

Prasa spokesperson Moffet Mofokeng says the Autopax contract is only temporary.

"People should be calm, the taxi industry included. At the end, there will be a solution."

He says while the Gauteng Transport Department has met with taxi associations over the past two days, Prasa is taking matters into their own hands.

"Our buses were stoned. The inconvenience on the commuters is heavy. We've decided that we'll meet with the local taxi association."

He says police escorts will be on standby today to allow stranded commuters to get to work safely.