By Katlego Suzan Phala (MPL), DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Transport:
I will write to MEC for transport, Mapula Phokoane Mokaba and urge her to speedily strengthen existing stakeholder relations between the department and all taxi owner associations who operate on Limpopo roads.
This follows recent ugly scenes of taxi violence that erupted in Limpopo where associations clashed amongst themselves for various reasons, some of which turns to threaten the lives of commuters, taxi drivers and owners.
Previously, local taxi associations clashed in Polokwnae Mall of the North where a member was shot and treated for injuries. Meanwhile, yesterday, 6 passenger mini buses have been destroyed while an N1 Taxi Patrol vehicle has been reduced to ashes after disputes between Makhado, Thohoyandou and Musina taxi associations.
There has to be strong stakeholder relations between government and the taxi industries to ensure that both parties eventually reach a neutral ground when violence erupt among them.
If left unattended, taxi violence often has a way of spilling uncontrollably over scores of innocent commuters’ lives.
The DA is adamant that violence cannot bring any solutions to the taxi business challenges.
Taxi owners and drivers must be aware that their primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of commuters who for many years kept their industry alive…
The DA calls on government on all levels to strengthen the existing working relationship with the taxi business to guarantee that most if not all related problems could be resolved around the table and not at the cost of innocent commuters.