Mamelodi residents call for an affordable transport system

Taxi drivers have clashed with bus drivers and commuters following the termination of Putco services in several parts of Gauteng including Mamelodi this week.

EWN reports that the root of the issue is taxi drivers' unhappiness with the Gauteng government's awarding of a contract to AutoPax to take over the routes previously covered by Putco buses.

However both Mamelodi's taxi associations have distanced themselves from the violence that affected commuters this week.

Weekend Breakfast's Azania Mosaka spoke to Lucas Qhakaza of the South African National Civic Organization who spoke on behalf of the residents of Mamelodi saying that the residents prefer the proposed AutoPax system to taxis - because taxi's are expensive.

The community is very clear, all they want is transport that is affordable, that is accessible, that is reliable and they are very clear in that.

Lucas Qhakaza, SANCO

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