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Government to meet with Mamelodi residents

Government wants to ensure overall safety of locals after the shooting of five people on a Putco bus.

FILE: Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura in Mamelodi following attacks on the Autopax buses by taxi drivers on 3 July 2015. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As Operation Fiela takes effect in Mamelodi police say they will not only fight crimes related to the transport dispute but also tackle general lawlessness in the area.

Following the cancellation of selected routes by bus operator Putco, clashes have erupted between taxi drivers and new operator AutoPax.

Government says it wants to ensure the overall safety of locals following the shooting of five people on a Putco bus last week.

Police have urged Mamelodi residents to work closely with them as they attempt to restore calm in the area.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said, "We urge members of the community not to panic but to report any suspicious circumstances."

Disgruntled taxi operators have clashed with taxi drivers over the introduction of AutoPax which took over from Putco last week.

In addition to escorting buses targeted by taxi drivers officials also say they will monitor general crime in the area.

CALM RESTORED IN MAMELODI

Police said on Saturday that the situation in Mamelodi is calm following days of transport related violence between taxi operators and bus drivers.

Authorities have appealed to members of the transport industry in Mamelodi not to allow the dispute to endanger the lives of community members.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said more than 20 Autopax buses are operating in Mamelodi.

Vadi added that while there have not been any further talks with taxi drivers, the situation in Mamelodi has stabilised.