Umlazi taxis back on the road
Nosipho Po Gumede
After countless meetings between officials from the Department of Transport, Community and Safety and delegates from taxi associations, the uMlazi taxi war has come to an end.
The taxi war, between the MNR Taxi Association and the eNgonyameni Taxi Association, started in June when eNgonyameni minibus taxis were allegedly picking up people on the MNR Taxi Association route. This caused conflict and prompted the war.
According to an unnamed source the Department of Transport (PMB) intervened and declared that the eNgonyameni Taxi Association had no permit to operate taxis from eNgonyameni to town and that if they were to continue illegally, their taxis would be confiscated and they would be arrested.
Sihle Ngwazi, one of the taxi drivers said, “I’m so glad everything is back to normal now, we can go back to work and we don’t have to fear for our lives anymore. We are so happy the government intervened before a lot of bloodshed happened,” he said.
Taxi commuters from Umlazi were relieved to hear that taxis are operating again
“Finally we can just take taxis to work normally, we don’t have to waste so much extra money and walking to other sections just to get a taxi to town,” said Sandile Gwabini, a resident from uMlazi.
No arrests have been made following the two murder cases that were previously reported.
Picture: Sibonginkosi Mabika