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VadiThe Star reports that thousands Soweto taxi commuters will have to find alternative transport for the next three months, starting on Friday morning, because routes will be shut down amid deadly feuds between associations.  

On Wednesday, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi published regulations in the provincial gazette, instituting “extraordinary measures in declared areas characterised by violence relating to the conflict between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association (Wata) and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association.”  What this means is that specific taxi ranks and routes in Soweto will be shut down from Friday morning for three months, until 15 June.  According to Vadi, at least five people have been murdered in the township since violence erupted on 19 January and it was necessary to shut down minibus taxi services for the safety of commuters.  Those murdered include Wata’s vice-chairperson and treasurer.  On 11 March, about 300 taxi drivers purportedly linked to Wata and Nanduwe unlawfully blockaded the Johannesburg CBD, creating disruption of traffic for several hours.

  • Read the full original of Sibongile Mashaba’s report on the closure at The Star
  • Read too, Vadi shuts down several taxi ranks, routes in Soweto over violence between taxi associations, at News24
  • Where taxi ranks and routes will be closed to commuters, at TimesLIVE


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