Gauteng shuts down six Wata and Nanduwe ranks for three months due to violence

After violence erupted between Nancefield-Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association (Wata) leaving three people shot dead, and six injured, Gauteng Road and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi, has announced the closure of the associations' ranks and routes.

Read: What causes turf wars between taxi associations? An analyst explains

For the next three months, some Soweto taxi commuters will have to find alternative transport due to these route closures.

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi says there will be a degree of inconvenience due to these closures but not all routes in Soweto are shut down.

We are not shutting down all routes in Soweto, there are six taxi ranks that are normally operated by Wata and Nanduwe, these six specific ranks will be closing down for a period of three months.

Dr Ismail Vadi, Gauteng MEC - Roads and Transport

All other public transport services including taxi operations will continue as normal and there are several other associations that are running taxi services in the area including Wata and Nanduwe. But these ranks where there have been flashpoints of violence and conflicts will be closed down.

Dr Ismail Vadi, Gauteng MEC - Roads and Transport

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