MEC must present tangible solutions to taxi industry challenges

By Rafeek Shah, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport:

The DA calls on KZN Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, to provide a proactive plan, with tangible solutions, in order to avoid a repeat of this week’s chaos in eThekwini, which saw hundreds of taxi drivers and owners hold the city to ransom.

The latest violent strike which took place on Tuesday has shown that the Memorandum of Understanding, signed earlier this year by the MEC and Taxi Industry stakeholders, has failed dismally in addressing the needs of taxi drivers and owners.

Such anarchy cannot continue in our province.  Not only do protests disrupt the daily lives of our people, they result in damage to private and public property, compromise law enforcement and hold government to ransom.

This week’s events reflect poor leadership on the part of the MEC.

The DA expects him to up his game and establish more effective communication channels with taxi industry stakeholders.  This must include giving their grievances serious consideration.

The many people who rely daily on taxis in order to go about their lives do not deserve to be caught in this crossfire.