The Gauteng department of roads and transport has sent a letter to the Vaal Wits Taxi Association (VWTA), giving it 14 days to get their house in order or face closure of all its operations.
This after gunmen shot and killed VWTA chairman Velaphi “Spokes ” Nxuwa in Vereeniging earlier this month.
Warring taxi association members have been at odds for over 10 years, according to Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
There is internal conflict within the organisation. There is a category of members who call themselves stalwarts who exert influence and defy modern process and regulation.— Ismail Vadi, Gauteng Transport MEC
Vadi said the taxi intervention unit has verified legitimate taxi operators and elected new members to represent the legal drivers in the executive committee.
In addition, the unit has impounded illegal operators and conducted roadworthy checks. The unit has requested audited financial statements from the association.
The department has insisted that the rival members terminate the contracts of their armed security services.
At least 10 influential people within the VWTA have been shot and killed since 2009, including three chairmen and four executive members and their taxi drivers.
In December 2014, Vadi suspended the services of this association for about a month because of violence.
CapeTalk and 702 Listeners respond to the conversation via Twitter:
Govt mst take blame for state of taxi industry,they've allowed it to run amok for too long n its barbarism's thus bn entrenched @RediTlhabi— Mbuso Mpungose (@mbusompungose) October 15, 2015
@RediTlhabi Commuters form a good chunk of the taxi problem.They pressurise drive drivers into erratic driving, they dont complain enough.— KABELO MG (@KabeloMG) October 15, 2015
As Poor black who depends on taxi daily basis I don't support MEC at all @RediTlhabi— Calvin Mbhiza (@HelloCalvin8) October 15, 2015