Three Free State taxi associations have been urged by Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini to sit down and work together to prevent the sabotaging of the economy.
MEC Mashinini has called on taxi operators in Welkom and Odendaalsrus to end an ongoing dispute by engaging with each other.
This comes after the recent conflict between the Odendaalsrus Majakathata Long Distance Taxi Association (OD Majakathata), Kgathelopele Taxi Association (KTA), both fromOdendaalsrus operating to Welkom, and the Welkom United Taxi Association (WUTA), who are the host association on the operation from Welkom to Odendaalsrus.
According to spokesperson, Hillary Mophete, the bone of contention is the establishment of an illegal taxi rank at Matlharantlheng in Welkom by the Odendaalsrus Long Distance Taxi Association in rivalry to the Welkom United Taxi Association and Kgathelopele Taxi Association.
Mashinini has also highlighted that the ongoing conflict will benefit nobody and that they should work to prevent sabotaging the economy as the majority of commuters depends on safe and reliable public transport.
He appealed to the taxi operators to respect the recent agreement reached during a meeting held on 1 July 2020 between the Department of Police, Roads and Transport, the Matjhabeng Local Municipality and the warring taxi operators in the area.