Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Tuesday announced the closure of several taxi routes into and out of Soweto due to taxi violence that has resulted in people being killed.
The Witwatersrand Taxi Association (Wata) says it is going to challenge the decision in court.
WATA Spokesperson, Mandlenkosi Maphalala, says the organisation feels that Vadi's decision is unfair to both commuters and taxi operators.
We are going to lose our vehicles and people will suffer because they cannot reach their destination on time.— Mandlenkosi Maphalala, WATA Spokesperson
Maphalala says they communicated with the MEC about three years ago asking him to intervene in this matter but he did nothing.
He says the association has done everything that he has asked, but still he came up with this decision to shut down routes.
Maphalala denies being involved in any form of violence.
I am not in a position to point out who is shooting people but we have lost people in front of our eyes. We have opened up cases and people get arrested and released thereafter.— Mandlenkosi Maphalala, WATA Spokesperson
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