Durban - Commuters in Durban were stranded Monday night and again on Tuesday morning as taxi operators stopped the operation of public transport, following the impoundment at the weekend of about 300 minibus taxis, city buses, private buses, and metered taxis, which were without legal route permits.
Sifiso Mthethwa, the chairman of the Greater Northern Region Taxi Association, said there would be no public transport until the unlicensed minibus taxis were released “without payment of contravening permit laws”.
Metro police spokesman Eugene Msomi said 163 minibus taxis, 120 metered taxis, 18 Durban Transport municipal buses and four private buses were impounded and held at the old Durban drive-in site.
The operation came after the recent shooting at Durban’s Brook Street taxi rank, attributed to conflicts over taxi routes, where three people lost their lives.
”We want to ensure compliance with route permits, from which more than 80% of the conflict emanates,” said Msomi. Municipal spokeswoman Tozi Mthethwa said in previous meetings with the city, taxi operators had indicated that if there were conflicts and violence among taxi operators, they expected metro police to enforce the law.