Police to ensure calm and stability in Mamelodi

Police and taxi associations will stay alert to ensure stability following two weeks of violent protests.

FILE: Commuters were stranded in Mamelodi as taxi drivers wouldn’t allow Autopax buses to operate in the area. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says police and taxi associations will keep an eye on Mamelodi to ensure calm and stability.

This decision comes after two weeks of violent protests in the taxi industry.

Premier David Makhura and various taxi organisation bosses made a decision during a closed meeting on Friday to work together to regulate the industry.

Over 31 taxis have been released from the impound station after owners produced valid documentations.

Nkosi-Malobane said, "We've got our officers on the ground now who can deal with a crisis if there is a crisis. They are well trained to deal with any eventuality. On Monday the same number of officers will be deployed in Mamelodi."

Taxi drivers halted services on Thursday accusing government of impounding 55 taxis unfairly.

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

Nkosi-Malobane said some taxi owners still need to come forward to claim their vehicles.

"There were quite a number of taxis that were impounded, we took a decision to release them."

Meanwhile, 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 however left stranded in the Pretoria east township on Thursday after drivers withdrew services over the impounding of some of their taxis this week.