SA lockdown: Santaco says it hasn’t been given enough clarity on regulations

From Friday morning, taxis would offer a limited service for essential service workers.

FILE: Germiston taxi rank. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) on Thursday said it had not been given enough clarity by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on how their affiliates should operate during the 21-days national lockdown.

From Friday morning, taxis would offer a limited service for essential service workers.

Mbalula announced on Wednesday that taxis would only operate for eight hours a day to ferry essential workers and those who need groceries and medication.

Santaco spokesperson Thabiso Molelekwa said: “We don’t have a criterion to choose which taxis will operate. We’ll leave it to our subsidiaries' structures in the regions to do the managing, which we believe they will do in conjunction with the association operating within that jurisdiction.”

Meanwhile, the National Taxi Alliance’s (NTA) spokesperson Theo Malele said their taxis would operate on a first come first serve basis.

Malele said queue marshals would be in charge of facilitation.

Places and premises closed to the public:

  • Any place normally open to public where religious cultural recreational activities take place (that means churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, community centres, sporting facilities etc),

  • Any shops where goods other than essential goods are sold (e.g. clothing shops, computer shops),

  • parks, beaches, swimming pools, bazaars, flea markets,

  • All nightclubs, casinos, lodges, guest houses, private and public game reserves, resorts (except for those where tourists are being kept under lockdown as part of quarantine),

  • All on consumption premises (e.g. shisanyama, restaurants, taverns, shebeens),

  • All off consumption premises – e.g. bottle stores,

  • Police Minister Bheki Cele says you will not even be allowed to buy booze at supermarkets during the lockdown,

  • All theatres and cinemas,

  • All restaurants,

  • No dog walking,

  • No movement of liquor – you can’t even pop next door with a six pack,

  • Six months in prison or a fine or both if you contravene.