The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) says 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. Four taxis were torched and several others were damaged in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday.
The incident happened at the intersection of Von Weillig and Commissioner streets near the Carlton Centre. A further two taxis were also torched on Saturday in Soweto. Following the incident, Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo warned that perpetrators of the violence will be dealt with decisively.
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. At this stage, no one has yet been arrested for their involvement in Saturday’s violence.
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