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protestGroundUp reports that after hours of strike action by taxi drivers and incidents of violence across Cape Town on Monday, the protest action was called off for a period of mediation.  

Several people were injured, some of whom had to be hospitalised.  Buses were stoned and some were set alight.  The strike affected a wide area including Khayelitsha, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu, Kraaifontein, Nyanga, Fisantekraal, Wynberg, Delft and Dunoon, leaving commuters stranded.  Achmat Dyason, spokesperson for the Provincial Minibus Taxi Task Team, said that taxi operators were dissatisfied with the current leaders of the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco), which, he claimed, had become distanced from members.  The Task Team wanted the provincial government to no longer consult the leadership of Santaco.  In a statement, MEC Donald Grant said he had met the Task Team and Santaco and the Task Team had agreed to a mediation process to be facilitated by the Departments of Transport and Public Works, and run by someone “with a legal background”.  According to Dyason, the MEC’s office would give feedback In two weeks.

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