The City of Cape Town has suspended MyCiTi's N2 express service running from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to the Civic Centre due to a contractual dispute.
Mayoral committee (Mayco) member for Transport, Felicity Purchase says the City is doing everything it can to negotiate a new contract, after the last expired at midnight on Friday.
There are three parties to the joint venture and the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta) alleges that the agreement favours Golden Arrow Bus Services.
Purchase says Codeta's objections have been a recurring problem.
#MyCiTiAlert Trips cancelled until further notice. #MyCiTiD01 06:06 - Tutu and 18:32 - Civic Centre#MyCiTiD02 05:55 - Makabeni and 17:38 - Civic Centre#MyCiTiD03 05:40 - Mitchells Plain and 17:06 - Civic Centre#MyCiTiD04 06:16 - Kapteinsklip and 18:02 - Civic Centre— MYCITI bus (@MyCiTiBus) May 22, 2019
The Codeta shareholder of the vehicle operating company (Voc) did not want to sign and took us to court to interdict us from signing with the other two parties, which has been the same modus operandi over the past two years and at the last minute they then gave up and signed.— Felicity Purchase, Mayco member for Transport - City of Cape Town
The court actually ruled that it wasn't urgent and that the Voc was able to negotiate with the City.— Felicity Purchase, Mayco member for Transport - City of Cape Town
There's a clause in the contract which there's an interpretation issue over whether all parties have to agree or not and Codeta are saying that in actual fact if they don't agree, we can't sign.— Felicity Purchase, Mayco member for Transport - City of Cape Town
Codeta is meeting with its members on Sunday to hopefully resolve the issue, says Purchase.
Asked whether she's concerned about the association disrupting the service if a contract is signed without it, Purchase says the City is taking precautions.
Yes we are concerned about the assets and the staff but ultimately if we're going to build a country we need to work together.— Felicity Purchase, Mayco member for Transport - City of Cape Town
7000 people will be affected if the service does not run on Monday - they would have to rely on Golden Arrow buses and what Purchase says would be illegal taxis jumping in to get them to work.
Listen to the full interview below: