On Wednesday, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi published regulations in the provincial gazette, instituting “extraordinary measures in declared areas characterised by violence relating to the conflict between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association (Wata) and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association.”
“What this means is that specific taxi ranks and routes in Soweto will be shut down from Friday morning for three months, until June 15.
“It is necessary to shut down minibus taxi services for the safety of commuters,” said Vadi.
According to Vadi, at least five people have been murdered in the township since violence erupted on January 19. These included Wata’s vice-chairperson and treasurer.