Johannesburg - Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi has extended the closure of five minibus taxi ranks and routes linked to violence, unrest, and instability in Soweto for a further three months.
The affected taxi ranks and routes were shut down by Vadi in mid-July due to ongoing violent conflict between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Association (Wata) and the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe).
The month-long extraordinary measure, in effect until August 13, has already negatively affected thousands of commuters as they have to resort to costly alternative transport and longer hours on the road.
"I intend to extend the extraordinary measures instituted on 13 July, which are aimed at stabilising public transport services in Soweto, for a further three months, as there is no agreement between the two associations aimed at normalising the situation," Vadi said in a statement.
Nanduwe and Wata have been at loggerheads for over a year over routes and pick-up points. At times, the conflict has become violent, resulting in the loss of lives and interruption of commuter services.