Gauteng gears up for no more cash in taxis


Gauteng roads and transport spokesperson Theo Nkonki said it was agreed to intensify efforts to build an industry that was gun-free, successful, broad-based and an exemplary business model for black economic empowerment.

The government and the taxi industry in Gauteng have agreed to intensify efforts to build a smart taxi industry in the province, by among others, introducing a cashless system.The Gauteng department of roads and transport, SA Taxi Council (Santaco) and the Gauteng National Taxi Alliance (GNTA), recently signed a first of its kind agreement, committing to end taxi violence and create efforts for a smart taxi industry.

Gauteng roads and transport spokesperson Theo Nkonki said it was agreed to intensify efforts to build an industry that was gun-free, successful, broad-based and an exemplary business model for black economic empowerment.

Nkonki said the taxi council and the alliance agreed that the Gauteng transport and roads MEC Jacob Mamabolo had been mandated to act decisively against taxi associations riddled with internal rifts, fights and other forms of instability that posed an immediate threat to life and limb of members and the commuting public.

“The MEC would have the powers to dissolve the leadership of associations and their immediate placement under temporary administration, until order would have been restored where it has been disrupted.”

Earlier this month, Mamabolo welcomed the Pretoria high court’s decision to dissolve the Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (Mata) executive committee following the break-out of violence, unrest and instability in Mamelodi.

Mamabolo launched an urgent court application after violence had claimed the lives of at least 19 people. Mamabolo also said under the agreement, he had been urged to also investigate modern and transparent fare collection systems for implementation by the various taxi associations in a manner that would promote accountability and savings of resources.

“This agreement has not been imposed on the operators. It is a result of the resolutions of the taxi summit held in Sedibeng last year. It is an important step towards bringing stability in the taxi industry,” he said.

In the agreement Santaco and GNTA affirmed that an immediate end to taxi violence was an important precondition for the transformation, modernisation and integration of the minibus taxi industry into a reliable, safe, affordable and efficient public transport system for the benefit of both operators and commuters.

“We commend the taxi industry for confronting the two threats facing their sector, namely, the handling of money which borders on money laundering and internal rifts, tensions and unhealthy leadership contestation within some taxi associations.”

“We believe this agreement will go a long way in addressing taxi violence,” said Mamabolo.

Mamabolo said corporatisation and modernisation was a module being worked on to be integrated into the taxi industry.

Tshwane Santaco regional spokesperson Mack Makata said taxi violence had been an issue in the city and taxi industry would welcome ending violence.

“It’s every government’s duty to protect its citizens, so yes, government’s involvement into taxi violence is long overdue,” he said.

Makata said as for the payment system, ‘we are gearing up for the fourth industrial revolution, so we can?t afford to be left behind when the world is changing’.

He said a cashless method of payment was the way to go if ‘we are to tap into the economic growth going forward’.

Makata said “too much cash in taxi operators? hands” was partly the reason for violence in the industry, “because it’s reachable to admirers”.

Last year, a wave of taxi violence broke out in certain parts of Gauteng, most noticeably in Olievenhoutbosch and Centurion where more than 10 people were killed.

Five Menlyn taxi association drivers were also shot and injured in a taxi feud and two taxis were burnt in the Pretoria CBD in 2018, due to taxi violence.

In May, three taxi owners were shot and killed in Mabopane.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said a preliminary investigation suggested the victims were shot while having a discussion and that they were taxi owners.

“We suspect this shooting is related to the ongoing taxi violence in the area. Three cases of murder have been opened for investigation,” Masondo said.


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