UPDATE: DA condemns ECape taxi strike violence calls for speedy resolution

JUNE 10, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Friday condemned what it termed "the violent action by taxi owners" in their province-wide protest, which left many commuters stranded while witnesses incidents of vandalism and violence.

"When one has to rely on a culture of fear and violence to make a point, this destroys the very freedom that lies at the heart of our constitutional democracy," said Marshall von Buchenroder, the DA's Shadow MEC for Transport.

"The Eastern Cape is in turmoil as the entire public transport system came to a halt when SANTACO (South African Taxi Council) took to the streets and launched a strike action in the province. Many children have been unable to get to schools and businesses continue to lose important income."

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Von Buchenroder said the Department placed a moratorium on the issuing of operating licences to taxi owners, which has led to the current protests.

"We call on the MEC to urgently table the reasons for this moratorium. These reasons must be interrogated and studied closely to find solutions.

"Under the current economic climate in our province, this strike action is counter-productive as it will destroy jobs," he described.

"The Democratic Alliance believes that there are other ways to engage the government; these include positive engagement through regular meetings with the Department and complying with the law in order to get the needed subsidy.

"It is critical that the public transport system in the province be normalized as soon as possible. She should engage with SANTACO to resolve matters in an amicable manner."