Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Rustenburg taxi operators applauded for peaceful march

The municipality has received a 14 day deadline to respond to the taxi drivers memorandum.

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The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in Bojanala Region on Friday, was lauded for organising a peaceful march in Rustenburg.

This march highlights the taxi industry’s stance on gender-based violence and xenophobia.

The Bojanala1 Regional Taxi Council, under Santaco, marched to the Rustenburg municipality on Thursday, where they handed over a memorandum of demands relating to their operations.

The march was also to highlight the taxi industry’s stance on gender-based violence and xenophobia.

“It was a peaceful, orderly and disciplined march. We were not expecting it to be this smooth. There are no incidents reported, we all expected chaos but, the march went well.”

Resident, Omakile Moeng

Another resident Meiki Moepa from Boshoek said: “This march was well coordinated, taxi operators made everything possible for it to be peaceful, criminal elements did not infiltrate it”.

MEC commends the march for not distracting school operations

North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela also commended taxi operators because their march did not disrupt learning and teaching. – It has become something of a norm to disrupt schooling during protest marches.

“On behalf of the department I would like to applaud Santaco on the way, they handled their march which was held in Rustenburg. We have seen a high level of discipline from their members because they did not expose our children to any risk.”

North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela

In other areas whenever there are protests against the government, their first point is to close and disrupt schools.

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Rustenburg Taxi march- ANA

Taxi drivers wanted the municipality to clear taxi rank’s off nyaope drug addicts

“I wish this behaviour can be replicated by other stakeholders who have an interest in the education of their children. In all our high schools’ learners continued to write their geography paper without any disruptions,” she said in a statement on Friday.

North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela

Matsemela reiterated that every learner has a right to education and no one should deny them that right.

The general secretary of the Santaco in North West Velaphi Naphakathi said they to all members that there should not be any disruptions.

“This was a peaceful march, we have agreed with all our members that there should not any school disruptions. We agreed that in the morning our operators should continue to transport learners to school and any other people to work. At 12:30 we were done with our march and operators continued to return learners to their respective destinations.” he said.

Velaphi Naphakathi, Santaco

In a memorandum handed over to acting mayor Lucky Kgaladi, taxi operators demanded that the municipality fix potholes near the rank, install lights and deal with unregulated hawkers who cook using the gas stove on platforms.

They also wanted the municipality to clear both the taxi and bus rank off nyaope drug addicts.

The municipality was given 14 days to respond to the memorandum or the taxi industry would take more drastic actions.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Moses Mudzwiti

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