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Taxi industry to keep their taxis at home

Taxi associations said they will not be taking people to and from work on Wednesday 22 February.
This is in protest against the treatment they suffer at the hands of the government.

Santaco deputy chairperson Nceba Enge said they have heard enough of being harassed by traffic cops and their taxis impounded.

“They impound our taxis for not having operating licenses yet they do not want to give us such licences. How are we going to work in such a situation. We have been engaging the City and the Department about our issues but they do not address them,” he said.

Enge said as taxi associations they care about people who will not be having transport but they have no other choice.

“We are left with no choice but to go on a stay away,” he said.

He however said they may change their mind if the meeting they are attending with the department and City on Tuesday afternoon is fruitful.

MMC for Mobility Rob Quintas said they are aware of potential violence that may come with the stay-away.

“We know from prior experience that these stay-away actions are, unfortunately, often marked by violence, destruction of public property, attacks on other public transport services, and intimidation.

“I want to make it very clear that the City will not tolerate thuggish behaviour on the day. All the necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of commuters and other operators, including the MyCiTi bus service, as far as possible,” he said.

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