Plan to tackle Midrand taxi violence to be put in motion

Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says there has been continuous engagement among taxi associations.

FILE: Three people were shot at the Mall of Africa during an alleged taxi violence dispute. Picture: Twitter: @_ArriveAlive.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says his department is working on a permanent plan to address permit issues believed to be the cause of ongoing taxi violence in Midrand.

Earlier this week, three people were wounded in a shootout near the Mall of Africa in a dispute over routes between taxi bosses.

WATCH: One person airlifted to hospital after shooting.

Police confirmed that 53 people were arrested following the shootout.

Authorities say they led an operation immediately after the shooting which resulted in them making the arrests.

Vadi says seven associations were consulted before the shopping centre was opened but one of them appears to be claiming rights to particular routes.

The MEC has condemned the taxi violence over the last few weeks and says there has been continuous engagement among associations

"There was a meeting on Saturday with two of the rival associations to try and come to some sort of understanding as an interim measure."

He says the mall is seen as a greenfield development at the heart of Gauteng, making it difficult to assign routes.

"It's not a mall, for example in one township, because then you know which associations are operating."

Community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says her department will also be hosting a series of roadshows at taxi ranks in order to listen to drivers' grievances.

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