Hout Bay Taxi Violence Must Stop
The situation in Imizamo Yethu remains tense as illegal and legal taxi operators on routes to Cape Town and Wynberg continue to stand off. Reports of stone throwing and intimidation were again received today.
Over the past week, provincial transport officials have met with all stakeholders, including the affected associations and the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO).
The Ministry today coordinated a law enforcement meeting at Hout Bay SAPS, with SAPS, Metro Police and Provincial and City Traffic in attendance.
Plans were created for the establishment of a Joint Operational Command (JOC), which will link the four services with SAPS Public Order Policing, at Hout Bay police station. The JOC will be responsible for tactical control on the ground in Hout Bay.
The plans are being submitted to the Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Arno Lamoer, and to the Western Cape Standing Committee on Transport on Friday morning.
Western Cape Minister for Transport and Public Works, Robin Carlisle, reiterated his stance that violence and intimidation would lead nowhere.
"There are no further available operating licences on these routes and no new licences will be issued for them. Operators who have been promised operating licences by any individual, association or mother body have been misled. Operators must look to their associations and mother bodies to find them lawful routes," he said.
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