Minibus taxis revolt against City in Green Point

Cape Times writes that a group of minibus taxi owners with vehicles operating in Green Point, Sea Point and Hout Bay downed tools in protest at the decision to impound their vehicles this week. The city’s traffic service impounded 47 minibus taxis in Green Point on Monday following an illegal blockade outside the Gallows Hill driving licence testing centre by disgruntled taxi operators.

They were demanding operating permits. Taxi owner Sabelo Nyama said: “The City knows the matter because they were the ones who gave us permission to operate. Now they changed that. They only told us on Monday that the permission was suspended, without letting us know. “To release a taxi you must first pay R10 000. The City doesn’t understand that we are serving people here. Our commuters are now stranded, people do not have transport to go to work.” Stranded commuters were forced to use metered taxis, causing a tense stand-off between minibus taxi owners and metered taxi drivers. Safety and security executive director Richard Bosman said: “The matter is not resolved yet and the drivers/owners must apply to the regulatory authority for permits.

by Bambongile Mbane