CAPE TOWN – Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela has pleaded with the minibus taxi industry to stop intimidating alternative transport providers and passengers finding other ways and means of getting to work.

Madikizela said that since the lockdown commenced last week, he’d received a number of reports of essential services workers being left stranded and unable to get to work.

He said he’d also received reports of minibus taxi operators refusing to allow their usual passengers to use alternative modes of transport and in some cases, violently attacking those drivers.

Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said that he was sympathetic and understood the challenges that the new regulations imposed on the minibus taxi industry.

“This is totally unacceptable and is happening despite our commitment to work together to address the challenges of the lockdown. I want to appeal to the taxi industry to work together with us as government as we face this difficult period in our country.”

Source: Eye Witness News