2 taxi associations could be shut down if dispute not resolved

It’s understood Nanduwe was given rights to operate on routes that the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association claims its controlled since 1972.

Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Transport Department has given rival taxi associations Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (Wata) and Nanduwe until 4pm to make submissions on why they should not be shut down following ongoing violence.

At least three people were killed in June when the associations clashed over routes in Soweto.

It’s understood Nanduwe was given rights to operate on routes that Wata claims its controlled since 1972.

Transport MEC Ismail Vadi has threatened to suspend the associations’ services for a month if an agreement between the two is not reached.

“People have been intimidated and we’re trying to resolve the dispute between our officials and the two associations. They’ve really not brought stability in the sector and they have been issued with a notice declaring the intention of the government to shut down certain affected routes.”

Source: EWN

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