Another minibus taxi has been set alight in Johannesburg. This after four minibus taxis were torched and six others damaged over the weekend. Earlier today a taxi was left burning at the Wanderers Taxi Rank in the Johannesburg CBD.
Police say no one was hurt. The incident is suspected to be linked to ongoing taxi violence in the province between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (WATA) and the Nancefield Dube West Association.
The associations both operate between Johannesburg and Soweto and have been feuding over routes for years. Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo earlier obtained an order interdicting both groups from any violence.
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On Tuesday, the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) said they are in talks with the Gauteng Department of Transport as well as all role players in the taxi industry to find a lasting solution to the ongoing violence between two warring associations.
The National Taxi Alliance says they are adamant about ending the violence between the two Soweto taxi associations – WATA and NANDUWE.
NTA General Secretary Alpheus Malawi says they are currently in talks with the associations as well as SANTACO and the provincial government to negotiate terms to put an end to the violence.
He has also called on the government to permanently deploy law enforcement officers to the affected routes to maintain law and order.