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DA`s City of Cape Town has made a big mess of Taxi Permits and Taxi Routes Process

DA`s City of Cape Town has made a big mess of Taxi Permits and Taxi Routes Process

05 November 2015

The ANC in the Western Cape has attempted to resolve the Stand off between the City of Cape Town Metro Police and the Taxi representatives of the Sea Point Route this morning over Taxi Permits and Taxi Routes.

The DA`s City of Cape Town has made a big mess of the Taxi Permits and Taxi Routes process such that a simple administrative process has become political, with confrontations between Cape Town Metro Police and Taxi Association erupting every other day.

The current confrontation is as a result of the lack of communication between Councillor Brett Herron, Mayco Member for Transport and the Metro Police on the ongoing Taxi Permits and Taxi Routes process which at this stage, has allowed certain taxis to continue to use the Sea Point Route until all legal processes have been resolved. The Taxi representatives have that letter whilst the Metro Police seem blind to these dialogues and continue to impound Taxis. This is just ineptitude on the part of the City to filter down information to their hands on the ground.

More importantly, the DA just does not care about properly servicing the Taxi Industry because they know it is not their constituency and they harbour dreams of frustrating it out of business. This Industry has survived Apartheid, it has survived waves of violence, it will certainly survive political manipulation by the Democratic Alliance.

As the ANC we were at the scene of the Stand off between Metro Police and the Taxi representatives and we asked one simple thing to close this political stand off and deal with the matter the South African way, around the table. Let the Taxis that are blocking Strand street be cleared by the Taxi Drivers on one hand and let the Police release the 5 taxis that have been impounded and let a meeting between the City and Taxis happen immediately.

The Taxi drivers accepted the offer, but the Metro Police Chief on the Scene claimed to have no authority to release the taxis.

The DA must stop fighting its political battles using law enforcement by keeping them blind to matters that have gone beyond their administrative mandate.

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