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

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:


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