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Court verdicts | The Gauteng government has issued an interdict to end the taxi war.

Six taxis were badly damaged after being set on fire in Johannesburg's CBD on Saturday.

The Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association (Wata) and the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association have been ordered to stop fighting by the Gauteng Roads and Transport Department (Nanduwe).

This follows years of disagreement between the associations over city routes. On Saturday, the associations clashed once more, resulting in six taxis being badly damaged after being set ablaze in the city's central business district.

The Johannesburg High Court interdict prohibits the "chairpersons of both associations and their members from preventing, obstructing, or otherwise interfering with the rights of taxi operators and/or any public transport operators to operate their transport businesses between Soweto and Johannesburg CBD."


On Sunday, a meeting was held between the organizations and Gauteng transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo.

According to a statement issued on Monday, the parties agreed to end hostilities and ensure that commuters' lives are not jeopardized by transport services between Soweto and the Johannesburg CBD.

The court injunction also prohibits the associations from intimidating and committing or threatening to commit acts of violence against any public transportation operator, their agents or employees, and members of the public who use or wish to use bus services between Soweto and the Johannesburg CBD.


The interdict authorizes the police and the Gauteng Department of Community Safety to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the associations comply with the court order.

"While we believe the situation has returned to normalcy," Mamabolo said, "we urge law enforcement to enforce the law, hold criminals accountable, and ensure the safety of commuters and other road users."

"We held positive consultations with the leadership of Wata and Nanduwe, as well as their mother body structures, the Gauteng National Taxi Alliance (GNTA) and the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco), and we are encouraged that all parties have condemned the violence and committed to peace."

"We are pleased that all parties involved have agreed to address the root cause of the violence, which are route disputes, as soon as possible." In this regard, the negotiation platforms established by the provincial government remain available.

"The department remains committed to its program of modernizing and corporatizing the taxi industry in order to make it a competitive, safe, and dependable mode of public transportation."

"We believe that the industry's problems are not insurmountable, and that through negotiation and consultation, we will build the taxi industry of the future."

The MEC and taxi associations agreed to continue negotiations this week.


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