The MEC for roads and transport in Gauteng, Jacob Mamabolo, has confirmed that both the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (WATA ) and the Nancefield Dube West (NANDUWE) have resumed talks after a sporadic case of violence that claimed two lives between 19-23 April.
The two associations have for the past three years been in the news for all the wrong reasons and once forced both Mamabolo and his predecessor, former MEC for roads and transport in the province, Ismael Vadi, to close their ranks but that move worsened the situation and left passengers stranded.
“I have been having a series of meeting with the two associations from Monday until late Thursday night (April 19 until 22 April) and we hope we have made enough grounds on how best we can bring the situation back to normal,” said Mamabolo.
He added that another Soweto association, the Meadowlands Dube Nancefield (MDN) taxi association had also been slightly involved in few skirmishes over fare charges with both NANDUWE and WATA from behind the Orlando stadium to areas like Dube, Meadowlands where a difference of R2 was a big issue with prices ranging from R12 and R14.
“So you can see that these issues can be easily resolved when people are interested in engaging than fighting,” said Mamabolo.