Police Minister orders end to taxi violence or face a shutdown

MEC for Transport in the Western Cape Donald Grant spent the weekend with Police Minister Bheki Cele looking at ways to resolve the taxi violence in the province.

Another taxi owner was reported dead in Bellville over the weekend, bringing the number of taxi violence related deaths to over 40.

Grant says he is happy with the discussion he had with the Minister and with the Taxi Association.

Read: Western Cape Govt doing its best to find solutions to taxi violence

The Minister really wanted a gloves off discussion ... I am really pleased with the outcomes of that...

Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works in WC

The bottom lime was that the Minister said that he is going to shutdown routes and ranks if the violence doesn't stop.

Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works in WC

He is also feels we can't keep on regulating, which is our limitation as the provincial body in an abnormal system, we need additional action.

Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works in WC

Grant says Cele made it clear that in terms of the Constitution his role is to protect lives and prevent crime.

He says a follow up meeting will be held in two weeks with all the taxi associations.

To hear the rest of the conversation with MEC Donald Grant, listen below:


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