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Maswanganyi gives Uber, metered taxi drivers stern warning

Minister Joe Maswanganyi met and interacted with taxi operators in Sandton who didn’t hold back in telling the minister their grievances.

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi and acting Transport MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza on a walkabout at the Sandton Gautrain Station. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has warned e-hailing service partners and metered taxi drivers that government will not tolerate lawlessness.

Maswanganyi went on a walk about at the Sandton Gautrain Station on Monday following clashes with Uber and metered taxi drivers last week, in which three vehicles were torched.

The minister was joined by acting transport MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza and Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.

He met and interacted with taxi operators in Sandton who didn’t hold back in telling the minister their grievances.

Maswanganyi has once again condemned last Thursday’s violent clashes between e-hailing service drivers and metered taxi drivers, saying government will not tolerate those who take the law into their own hands.

“We can’t allow a state of lawlessness in South Africa where people take the law into their own hands.”

He says all taxi services found operating without any proper documentation will have their vehicles impounded.

“We informed Uber, Taxify and Zebra that their partners must apply for permits.”

Maswanganyi says police have been deployed to the Sandton Gautrain Station to maintain law and order.

At the same time, Nkosi-Malobane says over 100 police officers are being deployed to the Sandton Gautrain Station daily to maintain law and order between e-haling services and metered taxi drivers.

Malobane says if taxis refuse to work together in a particular area they will be forced to close that route.

“We will close the route and make sure that anyone who operates in the area is removed, his car gets impounded and they will be fined R25,000 per car or a jail sentence.”