Call for lifestyle audits of officials responsible for taxi permits

Officials in the Gauteng provincial government tasked with issuing taxi permits and licences must be subjected to lifestyle audits to stop violence in the mini-bus taxi industry.

This is among the recommendations made in a report by the Provincial Standing Committee on Roads and Transport, which was adopted by the provincial legislature.

Chairperson for Roads and Infrastructure in the Gauteng Legislature, Jacob Khawe, says the committee was able to get confirmation of 60 cases involving SAPS officials and their links to taxi owners.

Khawe says one of the officials have been suspended by the Gauteng Traffic Department.

Four chairpersons of different taxi associations who are appeared in from of the committee are now dead.

For others the process has not proven exactly the owners because taxis are not registered on their names but very closely linked to their families.

Jacob Khawe, chairperson for Roads and Infrastructure in the Gauteng Legislature

We were able to prove that some road blocks were not in accordance with the Act, which gives certain process to be followed on such road blocks.

Jacob Khawe, chairperson for Roads and Infrastructure in the Gauteng Legislature

We are now convinced that duplicated permits, illegal operations, late or delays in issuing permits does contribute to violence.

Jacob Khawe, chairperson for Roads and Infrastructure in the Gauteng Legislature

Khawe says the MEC of Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi has welcomed the report.

The department has 60 days to go reflect and come up with the plan of implementing all recommendations.

Listen to the audio to hear about the proposed changes to the mini-bus taxi industry...

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