ANC calls on MEC to convene transport forum

ANC calls on MEC to convene transport forum

6 May 2000

ANC Western Cape Communications ANC calls on MEC Piet Meyer to convene transport consultative forum ANC spokesperson on transport in the provincial legislature, Leonard Ramatlakane today wrote to MEC Meyer calling on him to convene a transport consultative forum to deal with the public transport crisis.

This call was made following today`s debate in the legislature in which all parties voted for amendments to the Road Transportation Act which now allows the MEC to close down ranks and certain routes.

The ANC had also proposed an amendment which was accepted by all parties that enables the MEC to convene a transport consultative forum .

" As the ANC we are fully committed to tough measures to deal with the crisis at hand. The conduct of certain taxi operators and leaders amounts to nothing but thuggery and intimidation.

" This crisis started 51 days ago and the ANC has been central to attempts to bring a lasting solution. We believe that much of the blame for the present crisis must be laid at the door of the provincial government. They have failed to deal with the issue of legalisation while making no genuine effort to transform the local transportation board.

"We still believe that negotiation at a forum is the best route. This is why we have written to the MEC today. Failure to reach agreement will leave no alternative but to use the Act and close the ranks.

"Communities have had enough. Their anger has reached boiling point and nothing can justify the level of violence and intimidation we have seen. Clear time-frames must be set down for the resolution of the conflict. While talks continue all public transport should be restored to normality."

Issued by:
African National Congress Western Cape

Contact Spokesperson on Transport, Leonard Ramatlakane 082 896 3946 for comment.