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santacoNews24 reports that Western Cape taxi drivers are expected to go on strike on Monday in a dispute over a conference that was supposed to have been held to resolve a leadership dispute in respect of the provincial arm of the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco).  

In June the Western Cape High Court ordered Santaco to convene a conference to resolve the Western Cape taxi industry's issues over leadership and differences over clauses in the Santaco constitution.  Santaco is an umbrella body for taxi associations that liaises between the government and taxi associations regarding operational issues, funding and programmes relevant to the taxi industry.  Cape Organisation of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta) chairperson Besethu Ndungane claimed that Santaco had refused to honour the holding of the conference and stated  "This has now left the mini-bus taxi industry with no alternative but to withdraw its services throughout the Western Cape, effective from Monday 6 August 2018 until such time the pre-elective conference is held …”  Provincial transport MEC Donald Grant issued a strongly worded statement on Friday, saying that there had been a walk-out by certain taxi representatives at the end of July when a Santaco official had been trying to set the terms of the pre-elective conference.  The Provincial Taxi Registrar has asked all taxi associations to refrain from withdrawing their services, intimidating other operators or damaging vehicles and property.

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans in full at News24

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