The minister’s spokesperson, Ayanda Allie Paine, says the minister is awaiting a decision from the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on the taxi industry.
“Well this latest move by Santaco is rather unfortunate, as the NCCC may well find in their favour and if it does not then and only then should the taxi industry raise their concerns further. This weekend’s planned meeting were a mere courtesy just to inform them that the NCCC has not yet taken a decision and will only pronounce on their matter next week.Unfortunately the meetings could not take place and that’s due to clashing commitments on the minister’s diary.”
MINISTER @MbalulaFikile STATEMENT ON SANTACO AND NTA MEDIA STATEMENTS
It is rather unfortunate and regrettable that the taxi industry leadership has elected to violate the law, rather than await a decision on the matters they have tabled. pic.twitter.com/z8Q3RD8t1L
— MEDIA LIAISON | Esethu Hasane (@EsethuOnDuty) June 28, 2020
I appeal to the industry to reconsider their decision to incite lawlessness.
While we have expressed support for a review of loading capacity to 100%, until the current Directions have been revised the legal loading capacity is 70% and enforceable by law enforcement authorities. pic.twitter.com/kePSdUbTd2
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) June 28, 2020
In the video below, taxis at Bara Taxi Rank load taxis at 100% capacity:
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize warns taxi industry
Source: SABC News (sabcnews.com)