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gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of disputed taxi ranks and routes in Soweto following months of intimidation and violence.  

Transport MEC Ismail Vadi invoked extraordinary measures to close ranks and related routes operated by the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association (Wata) in Soweto.  The affected ranks and routes include Mofolo Kwa-Mthethwa informal taxi rank, Makhetha Stores informal taxi rank, Dube Station taxi rank, Makhetha Garage taxi rank in Phefeni and Uncle Tom’s taxi rank.  The month-long extraordinary measure will take effect from Thursday this week until 13 August.  Vadi said:  “We have concrete and credible evidence that the violence, unrest and instability are of such high level to justify extraordinary measures.”  Commuters have been advised to use alternative public transport in Soweto such as rail, busses and Rea Vaya services

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