UPDATE: MTITT calls off taxi strike

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape taxi strike has been called off by the Minibus Taxi Industry Task Team (MTITT).

Achmat Dyason, advisor to MTITT says the decision to call off the strike comes as a result of the intervention of the provincial ANC, after a meeting at Cosatu offices in Cape Town.

Earlier, drivers in the Western Cape are called for a provincial summit ahead of the National Taxi Council's leadership elections.

The Western Cape's minibus taxi industry has been having leadership disputes for a number of years. 

The Minibus Taxi Industry Task Team ( MTITT ) is now calling on the provincial transport department to intervene and help set up an official pre-elective-conference summit ahead of the National Taxi Council's leadership elections. 

Thousands of commuters have been left stranded in Cape Town after taxi drivers went on strike.

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Minibus taxi task team spokesperson Besuthi Ndungane said public transport is a joint responsibility between the government and the private sector. 

“Now we can do the best we can but government must also come to the party."

The provincial transport MEC says his department has tried to engage with the task team, and the matter is out of its hands. 

“This is an internal dispute between Santaco (South African National Taxi Council)."

"We are still appealing to this break-away task team to call off the strike so that the commuters are not prejudiced,” said Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant.

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Buses haven’t been entering some communities, for fear of being targeted. 

Train services are already strained, after several arson incidents.

No injuries or arrests have yet been reported in relation to the taxi strike. 

Meanwhile, the MTITT has also denied involvement in the torching of two buses and a truck in Cape Town. 

The arson occurred at the same time as a strike in the city. 

The task team also says striking drivers aren't trying to inconvenience commuters and is calling on the transport ministry to do more. 

Meanwhile, stranded commuters have complained that bus routes don’t go near their destinations and trains are full. 

There is still uncertainty around the duration of the strike and taxi leaders have not been able to confirm when transport will be operating as usual.


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