What Cape Town could learn from Joburg's handling of unruly taxi drivers

Joburg Metro police chief David Tembe says his zero tolerance approach to lawlessness is already bearing fruits.

Tembe spearheaded Operation Nomakanjani at the start of the year in a bid to crackdown on law-breaking in the city.

Part of the initiative focuses on motorists, in particular taxi drivers.

Tembe says they've been carrying out arrests and impounding the vehicles of those who ignore road rules.

Read: CoCT announces new measures to deal with reckless taxi drivers

We as the Johannesburg Metro Police we came up with Operation Nomakanjani and we arrested motorists for negligent and reckless driving.

David Tembe, Johannesburg Metro Police Department head

At Witkoppen, we started by impounding 25 vehicle from 6am - 9am and now the number has reduced, we are impounding about 16.

David Tembe, Johannesburg Metro Police Department head

It shows that they are changing. We have to change the behaviour and this is not to punish them...

David Tembe, Johannesburg Metro Police Department head

Nomakanjani means ‘by any means necessary’.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : What Cape Town could learn from Joburg's handling of unruly taxi drivers


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