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ANC slams coalition government for setting up cabinet task team 10 weeks after outbreak of Public Transport violence

ANC slams coalition government for setting up cabinet task team 10 weeks after outbreak of Public Transport violence

13 June 2000

The Western Cape government today announced that they were setting up a task team to look into the public transport crisis and violence. The team consist of MEC`s Mark Wiley, Hennie Bester, Leon Markowitz and Piet Meyer Commenting on this, ANC Western Cape Leader Ebrahim Rasool said:

"To appoint a cabinet committee ten weeks after the crisis has begun is the clearest admission by the NNP/DP that they have not taken this crisis seriously.

"While the NNP and DP squabble about the future of the coalition, commuters and bus drivers continue to suffer. This is having a major impact on the provincial economy as workers battle to get to work.

"Students cannot get to school on time and often not at all. "The coalition has been absolutely silent on what they propose to do to resolve the issues which have led to this crisis.

"It is not good enough to offer a R1 million reward.

"They need to tell the people of the Western Cape exactly what they propose to do to resolve the issues of legalization, permits and the transformation of the local transportation board.

"The provincial government has the power to deal with these matters, no-one else.

"People in the affected communities are rightfully asking whether the provincial government would have been so derelict in resolving the crisis if it was affecting people in Constantia..."

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

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