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Department of Transport appeals for peaceful taxi strike

Nov 8, 2017
Department of Transport appeals for peaceful taxi strike

The Department of Transport has called on members of the National Taxi Alliance, who will be embarking on a strike on Wednesday to use designated routes and demonstrate peacefully and avoid disruptions.

It said that this important right to freedom of speech will not be taken away by the government, which fought to make real the people’s aspirations as enshrined in the Constitution.

"However, as government we remain caring and open and we encourage dialogue and engagement to resolve any issue through appropriate platforms," the Department said.

"The Constitution, which is the cornerstone of our democracy, makes provision for the public to raise concerns in various platforms, including protests. However, whilst it is within the Constitutional rights of the public to embark on mass actions, such protests must be done within the confines of the law. 

"The Bill of Rights, enshrines the rights of all the people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom. While Section 36 of the Constitution equally enjoins protestors to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. Therefore, it is important that those participating in protests should refrain from any form of intimidation and destruction of property."

Marchers were encouraged to avoid making inflammatory statements or provocative actions that could incite violence.

“Conveners of the protests should, together with their marshals, cooperate with law enforcement agencies, who will be deployed to serve and protect all citizens and property,’’ said Minister Maswanganyi.

During the course of the day, the Department will periodically update citizens on the progress of the protests to allow South Africans, who are not participating in the protest, to go about their work freely.

 “Government remains committed to implementing the programmes and projects that will continue to improve the lives of South Africans, including issues affecting the taxi industry and its value chain.

"Within the provisions of the National Development Plan, government remains committed to ensure that we are on course to deal decisively with unemployment, poverty and inequalities within our society through our pro-poor policies. This includes, amongst others, the implementation of radical economic transformation policies.

"The Department of transport extends its apology for any inconveniences that might be caused to the learners, labour and businesses as a result of this protest."