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Closing taxi ranks not a lasting solution

26 May 2000

The ANC calls for tougher law enforcement but warns that the closing of taxi ranks will not be a lasting solution.

The ANC has supported provincial legislation which allows the MEC to close the ranks but has cautioned against expectations that closure would resolve the crisis.

Only a resolution of the fundamental problems and firm law enforcement would bring about lasting stability.

ANC Western Cape Spokesperson on Public Transport in the Provincial Legislature Leonard Ramatlakane said:

"We need much stronger and better co-ordinated law enforcement to deal with the current crisis. Those causing violence and arson should be isolated and arrested - they should face the full force of the law.

"The provincial government`s failure to resolve the problems of the legalization process, permits and the transformation of the transportation board have contributed to the crisis. At the same time the conduct of some sectors of the taxi industry is simply fuelling the problem.

"The ANC`s proposals go a long way to deal with the key issues. What is now needed from the provincial government is the political will and clear time frames to deal with these questions.

"Unless this happens I am afraid that the closure of the ranks will not take us further along the path towards a solution."

For further comment or information, contact:
ANC Spokesperson on Public Transport Leonard Ramatlakane: 082-896-3946.

For any media enquiries, contact:
Cameron Dugmore, Head of Dept: 082-894-7553, or
Gert Witbooi, Provincial Media Officer: 082-570-9118.

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

Closing taxi ranks not a lasting solution

Closing taxi ranks not a lasting solution

26 May 2000

The ANC calls for tougher law enforcement but warns that the closing of taxi ranks will not be a lasting solution.

The ANC has supported provincial legislation which allows the MEC to close the ranks but has cautioned against expectations that closure would resolve the crisis.

Only a resolution of the fundamental problems and firm law enforcement would bring about lasting stability.

ANC Western Cape Spokesperson on Public Transport in the Provincial Legislature Leonard Ramatlakane said:

"We need much stronger and better co-ordinated law enforcement to deal with the current crisis. Those causing violence and arson should be isolated and arrested - they should face the full force of the law.

"The provincial government`s failure to resolve the problems of the legalization process, permits and the transformation of the transportation board have contributed to the crisis. At the same time the conduct of some sectors of the taxi industry is simply fuelling the problem.

"The ANC`s proposals go a long way to deal with the key issues. What is now needed from the provincial government is the political will and clear time frames to deal with these questions.

"Unless this happens I am afraid that the closure of the ranks will not take us further along the path towards a solution."

For further comment or information, contact:
ANC Spokesperson on Public Transport Leonard Ramatlakane: 082-896-3946.

For any media enquiries, contact:
Cameron Dugmore, Head of Dept: 082-894-7553, or
Gert Witbooi, Provincial Media Officer: 082-570-9118.

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

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