Gauteng transport officials accused of colluding with taxi associations

The Gauteng Transport Department has been accused of fuelling the ongoing taxi violence.

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JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng's portfolio committee on roads and transport has accused the provincial department of fuelling the ongoing taxi violence in the industry.

The committee says many drivers operating in the province have questionable route permits that suggest taxi associations many be colluding with officials to manipulate the system.

Officials are working on a report that could prove these allegations, as well as outline interventions to end the violence.

Three people were wounded in taxi clashes over routes shortly after the opening of the Mall of Africa in Midrand earlier this month.

The portfolio committee's chairperson Jacob Khawe says the process of issuing permits must be reviewed.

"If you look at Midrand, I'm sure because we asked the department to investigate, how did people get route permits that are closer to that mall before the mall was constructed? It is clear that this was not done in the normal procedure to issue the permit."