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NANDUWE and WATA - MEC Vadi intends extending suspension
MEC Ismail Vadi has announced his intention to extend the suspension of taxi services operated by Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (WATA) and the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (NANDUWE) for a further three months.
 
“I intend to extend the extraordinary measures instituted on 13 July, which are aimed at stabilizing public transport services in Soweto, for a further three months as there is no agreement between the two associations aimed at normalizing the situation," said MEC Vadi.

 

The extraordinary measures - provided for in Section 91 of the National Land Transport Act (NLTA) 2009 - took effect on 13 July and would lapse on 13 August 2017. 

This is as a result of the two associations unable to agree to conditions which urgently warrant consideration to extend notice of suspension of minibuses on the affected routes. Amongst the conditions are:

• an immediate removal of armed security companies on all taxi routes and ranks allocated to the two associations;

• a commitment to end all forms of violence and intimidation;

• an agreement that the two associations will conduct their taxi operations in terms of the provisions and conditions provided in our respective (original) Operating Licenses until the appeal by WATA is adjudicated upon by the Transport Appeals Tribunal nationally;

• taxi operators affiliated to NANDUWE and WATA put visible stickers that are different from each other to distinguish them for law enforcement purposes.
The MEC said that “he has not received any assurances from the leadership of the two taxi bodies about restoring peaceful operations in the area”.

The affected taxi ranks and routes were shut down in mid-July due to on-going violent conflicts between the two associations which negatively affected thousands of commuters.
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