Over the last two months, the conflict between rival taxi associations in the Mbekweni, Paarl area, cost the lives of seven operators and drivers.
During my visit to Mbekweni and to the families of the deceased on the 27th of February, I committed my Department to getting to the root causes of the violence and to work closely with the SAPS to bring those criminals behind the killings to book.
I have stated that one of my top priorities during my term as Minister of Transport and Public Works is to restore dignity and safety to the public transport system. But in working towards this objective, I have asked my officials to avoid knee-jerk reactions and short term solutions that seek only to appease the perpetrators of violence. To this end, I instructed my Department to appoint a mediator to engage in a process to uncover the root causes behind the violent conflict and to engage all stakeholders before making recommendations towards a lasting peace and solution to conflict.
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