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Taxis back on the road in Mamelodi

David Makhura will meet with taxi associations today to discuss transport issues in Mamelodi.

FILE: Mamelodi taxi associations say if their demands are not met, they will organise a provincial halt to taxi operations. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura will meet with taxi associations today to discuss transport issues in Mamelodi.

Operation Fiela impounded 55 taxis in the area.

The vehicles were taken after violent protests against the introduction of Autopax to replace Putco.

Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said taxis are back on the roads in Mamelodi this morning, but there's no agreement to release the vehicles yet.

"We don't know where the story has emanated from that there's an agreement, I think that will be one of the items that will be up for discussion. But I think we must now find a solution."

Vadi said the premier is committed to finding a solution to the impasse.

"We are prepared to talk to the responsible leadership within the taxi industry, the door is not closed. We think that they are raising important issues about the subsidisation of the taxi industry, about their frustration as, and we can talk about those things."

On Wednesday night, the National Taxi Alliance announced that a province-wide stay away would not go ahead and taxi operations would resume.

Thousands of commuters were left stranded in the Pretoria east township on Thursday after drivers withdrew services over the impounding of some of their taxis this week.

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