Perturbed by the ongoing violence involving Ncedo and Border Alliance Taxi Associations in Mthatha over routes and ranks, the ANC in the Eastern Cape used its meetings with some of the leaders of both associations to call on them to end the current wave of violence in Mthatha and surrounding areas.
During our meetings as the ANC with the taxi associations, leaders of both taxi associations agreed to end violence and normalize situation in the area. The ANC is cautiously optimistic that the agreement with the some of the taxi association leaders will lead to the end of taxi violence that puts lives of commuters, motorists and other members of the public at risk.
The ANC is calling for end of violence, calm, putting down of weapons by both associations and urges all taxi associations to participate in the peace initiative led by Transport, Safety and Security MEC, Weziwe Tikana. All of us need to be alert to the reality that violence has never been a solution to any problem.
The ANC supports the initiative led by MEC Tikana, who will meet with the Taxi industry on Thursday, 24 November 2016 in Mthatha in a bid to quickly end violence by addressing all the matters reported to be the cause of the current wave of violence.
The ANC is confident that the MEC Tikana led initiative will resolve all the challenges that are reported to have led to this violence in order for the Taxi associations in the area to provide safe and affordable public transport services to the people of the province without episodes of violence.
All of us in the province and in the country know what violence does to society and we don’t need violence, we need peace and stability so that both the taxi associations and the people of the province can enjoy a better life.
To sustain peace and stability that we envisage will come from the MEC Tikana led initiative, the African National Congress will convene a meeting with leaders of both Ncedo and Border Allaince Taxi Associations to examine status of work done in order to avoid of recurrence of violence.
NB: This statement must be attributed to the ANC Provincial Secretary, Lubabalo Mabuyane.
For more information please contact:
ANC Eastern Cape Acting Communications Officer
Mobile No: 073 117 6194.