Update: Taxis impounded after MEC for Transport bans local taxis for 6 months in Ladysmith

Officers are out in full force in Harrismith Road and other parts of town, operating roadblocks with the aim of suspending taxis that belong to the Sizwe and Klipriver taxi associations.

Yesterday afternoon (December 6) at the Town Hall, MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison Mr Mxolisi Kaunda explained the extraordinary measures that government will undertake to stop the killing of operators and innocent commuters. He evoked Section 91 of the National Land Transport Act, 2009, Act No. 5 of 2009 – which gives the MEC power to apply extraordinary measures aimed at saving people’s lives.

It is also intended to bring stability to the taxi industry in Ladysmith and areas within Alfred Duma Local Municipality, where approximately 71 lives have been lost since the outbreak of this conflict between Sizwe Transport Taxi Association and Klipriver Taxi Association.

Initial story: Breaking News: MEC for Transport takes on Ladysmith taxi warlords, banning taxis operating in Ladysmith for 6 months

Also read: MEC bans taxis in Ladysmith for 6 months

Also read: Update: MEC for Transport bans local taxis for 6 months – buses have been supplied, but expect workers to be late

A decision was made to suspend all taxi operations of Klipriver and Sizwe taxi associations in Ladysmith for six months. This means that both Sizwe and Klipriver taxi associations will not operate during the said period, effective from today (December 7).

The department has already engaged bus operators in the area to assist with the transportation of people. Bus routes and times have been developed and will be made available to the public.

Also read: Mass shooting on the N11 near Ladysmith – 10 dead

Taxis have been impounded during the course of this morning (December 7).

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Nameera Sarjoo

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