Santaco pleads for calm as rival taxi associations clash over routes

At least three people were killed during shootings and stabbings between drivers in Dube, Soweto this week.

FILE: The Noord Taxi Rank in the Johannesburg CDB. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The South Africa National Taxi Council (Santaco) has pleaded for calm in the taxi industry as rival associations continue to clash over routes.

At least three people were killed during shootings and stabbings between drivers in Dube, Soweto this week.

It’s understood that Nanduwe drivers have been occupying the route illegally but the association insists it’s been granted a permit to operate on the route.

Santaco’s Thabisho Molelekwa says the Gauteng Transport Department needs to give clarity on who should occupy which routes before more lives are lost.

“This problem is attributed to the problems within the Gauteng Department of Transport and these are not new issues, we’ve been raising these issues with the department for them to resolve these problems.”

He says Santaco is working to help solve the problem.

“On Santaco’s side, what we do is to engage with government at national level, to put pressure on government at the national level to engage provinces, provincial governments to resolve these issues.”

Molelekwa says a meeting will be held for mediation between the associations soon.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)