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Transport MEC lifts suspension of Soweto taxi routes

There have been gun battles over the right to use the taxi routes for the past six months, with a number of people killed.

FILE: Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says he will be lifting the suspension of previously closed taxi routes in Soweto after two associations linked to taxi wars agreed to his demands.

Vadi had extended his one-month ban on the routes to three months following taxi associations WATA and Nanduwe refusing to agree to the department's conditions on Friday.

There have been gun battles over the right to use the taxi routes for the past six months, with taxi drivers, bosses and commuters killed.

Despite Nanduwe's unwillingness to sign the Gauteng Transport Department's conditions for opening the routes, the department says it has since changed its mind.

The association said on Friday that the agreement was unfair as it would grant WATA the benefit of operating on routes that are not lawfully theirs.

Nanduwe said it wanted to apply for an interdict to counter Vadi's decision to close the routes.

But the MEC says Nanduwe has finally agreed to the conditions.

The department says it will continue to monitor the situation.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)