The pugnacious relationship between two Soweto taxi associations, the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (Wata), came to a head on Saturday morning.
Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo issued the following statement: At the moment four taxis were set alight and six damaged. No injuries were reported and also no arrests were made. A case of malicious damage to property is opened. The Taxi Violence team under Provincial Investigative Unit will investigate the case.
He said all the leaders of the taxi industry who were available during a meeting following the violence had shown a commitment to ending the violence and condemned it. It was also agreed that the law should take its course and those responsible should be punished.
The affected taxi ranks and routes were closed again in March 2019 after violent clashes between the two associations. Nine taxis parked in Mahalefele Street in Phefeni were impounded and 15 taxi drivers were held for contravening regulations that barred them from operating on closed routes.
Part of the previous agreements between the two associations barred taxi owners, drivers or queue marshals from carrying firearms in the disputed taxi ranks, even if they were licensed. But many drivers continued to openly carry their weapons.
Commuters bear the brunt of the taxi conflict and their situation is made worse by the fact that they no longer have many transport options after the pillaging of rail infrastructure, which escalated during lockdown.
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\n Here you'll be met by our Soweto guides, who will let you hop on a bright-red minibus taxi and take you on an unforgettable and informative trip to the township's most significant historical landmarks, including:\n
\n The tour takes two hours, but if you're not on the last tour of the day you can choose to spend more time at the Orlando Towers, Hector Pieterson Memorial or Vilakazi Street and hop on a later taxi back to Gold Reef City.\n
Here you'll be met by our Soweto guides, who will let you hop on a bright-red minibus taxi and take you on an unforgettable and informative trip to the township's most significant historical landmarks, including:
The tour takes two hours, but if you're not on the last tour of the day you can choose to spend more time at the Orlando Towers, Hector Pieterson Memorial or Vilakazi Street and hop on a later taxi back to Gold Reef City.
Along Mahalefele Road in Soweto, which runs in Orlando West, Dube and Phefeni, there was no sight of a taxis yesterday, the fourth day of the closure of ranks and routes belonging to Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association (Wata) and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe).
"My feet are aching. I have to walk for one-and-a-half hour because there are no taxis. I walked to and from work. It has only been a few days [but] it is already bad. I don't know how my feet will be feeling by June," Mashiqe said.
"I have to walk for 30 minutes to come to work here because there are no taxis. I am also forced to close the shop earlier than usual to compensate for the time I'm going to spend on the road walking back home to Orlando East," Nene said.
It is one of the busiest transport nodes in South Africa and the proposed development accommodates 500 street traders with associated amenities, which include storage facilities, management offices and support infrastructure. The trader stands vary in size to accommodate the different types of street traders. 20 Bus ranking facilities are required to serve the needs of both long and short distance bus operators. The taxi industry, represented by 12 different operators, have a combined requirement for approximately 800 ranking and holding bays.
Believed to be the largest Mural ever in South Africa, the cooling towers are a distinctive pictorial record of life in Soweto and incorporates imagesof well-loved faces and famous landmarks in the township. Depicted is a smiling Nelson Mandela, an illustrayion of the Madonna and Child, a soccer stadium, Baragwanath Bridge, a woman selling her wares, taxis, and many painted images of Soweto's history. The site currently offers the Bungee jump, Power Swing and Lift ride to the viewing platform. 2b1af7f3a8