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Soweto taxi routes to re-open after Nanduwe and Wata sign peace deal

12 June 2019 8:46 AM
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Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo says commuters should expect these to be opened by next week Tuesday.

The Gauteng provincial government is set to open taxi ranks and routes in Soweto, following a peace deal between rival taxi associations.

The ranks and routes were closed in March following violent clashes between Nancefield-Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association (Wata).

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

The signing of the peace deal follows a series of meetings between the two and the Gauteng provincial government.

Ray White chats to Roads and Transport Gauteng MEC Jacob Mamabolo about the peace deal.

I made contact with the taxi associations because the two rivals belonged to one mother body, and it was very strange for me so I engaged with them to say how can these associations engage in such acts of violence and inconvenience commuters.

Jacob Mamabolo, Gauteng MEC - Roads and Transport

He adds that it as in that light that all involved agreed in principle to settle the matter.

I said to them that the solution would work far better if it came from themselves, and I believe that this is groundbreaking.

Jacob Mamabolo, Gauteng MEC - Roads and Transport

He says the routes will officially be opened from next week Tuesday.

Listen below to the full interview:


12 June 2019 8:46 AM
Tags:
WATA
Soweto taxi routes
Nanduwa

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