Santaco threatens national shutdown if demands not met

Santaco is now planning a national shutdown to force the Transport Department to address its concerns.

FILE: Thousands of motorists were stranded around Gauteng when key routes were blocked. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) is warning if government fails to meet its demands, it will institute a complete taxi shut down next week.

Last month, taxi operators in Gauteng went on a strike in protest over the cost of buying quantum mini-busses.

Santaco is now planning a national shutdown to force the transport department to address its concerns.

Spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa said: “One of the things that they will be considering is the issue of the strike to entertain this matter. Issues that would be considered are reports: what is Toyota saying, we've presented the memorandum, what is the government saying, they know our issues."
Last month, Santaco said failure by government to subsidise their business was killing the industry.

The association said it did not understand why they are not subsidised as they are the biggest form of public
transport in the country.

Thousands of motorists were stranded around Gauteng early when key routes were blocked.

The taxis later moved to Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, where Santaco President Phillip Taaibosch shared with them the outcome of talks with several stakeholders, including SA Taxi Finance Holdings.