Transport minister, Fikile Mbalula condemns the daring the decision by the South African National Taxi Association to allow taxis to operate at 100% from today.
Mbalula said it was regrettable that the taxi industry leadership had elected to violate the law and forcefully load taxis at 100% capacity.
He said any call encouraging taxi operators to violate provisions of the law promotes lawlessness and that the government is committed to taking forward engagements.
The minister advised taxi industry to ensure that any form of protest they embark upon by them is within the parameters of the law.
Mbalula said he will give a feedback on Thursday following his engagements with the taxi industry leadership in the last week and his commitment to give them an update. But these had to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.
The minister advised operators to desist from inter-provincial operations without the requisite permits.
He said: “Government has a responsibility to ensure that all measures in place as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, are driven by the commitment to preserve human life and avoid an uncontrolled spread of the virus. It is on that basis that a decision to allow uncontrolled inter-provincial travel and 100% loading capacity on taxis have to be subjected to the collective decision-making”.