'Soweto routes to remain closed if associations fail to accept conditions'
The Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association & Witwatersrand Taxi Association have been at loggerheads for over six months, resulting in the murder of 20 members.
MEC Ismail Vadi temporarily closed the routes a month ago following clashes between rival operators.
Vadi says withdrawing armed security from the taxi ranks was one of the conditions the department had given the associations.
But subsequent to their failure to agree, the MEC says he intends on extending the closure on Monday.
He says if the two associations come to an agreement over the weekend he will withdraw his decision.
“I’m hoping that between now and Sunday the leadership of the two associations can come to their senses and can agree to the conditions that I have set out so that the situation can be normalised. Failing which, we will continue with the shutdown of the five taxi ranks.”
The association’s bosses were invited to be part of a media press conference Friday but did not arrive.
#TaxiRoutes Vadi says if the two association bosses can agree on the conditions given to them before Monday - He can review his decision. HM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 11, 2017
(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)