Time for Premier Makhura to act on e-hailing and meter cab violence
The ongoing battle between e-hailing and meter cab drivers has escalated into a full blown war, which Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, can no longer ignore. Last night’s horrific scenes on the streets of Sandton demand the need for leadership and intervention from the highest levels of government.
Gauteng commuters, both residents and tourists, are becoming collateral damage in a turf war between e-hailing and meter cabs. At the first instance of violence, the Premier, as the leader of the Province, should have spoken out and acted. To date he has said and done nothing the find a solution to the ongoing crisis.
It is time for Premier Makhura to take necessary action on behalf of the residents of Gauteng.
Premier Makhura must urgently meet with the various stakeholders, which include the Gauteng Departments of Community Safety and Roads and Transport, e-hailing and metre cab representatives, and the Provincial Police Commissioner in order to formulate a programme of action that will ensure lasting peace and prevent further violence on the province’s streets.
Furthermore, the law enforcement authorities must take stern action against those found to be acting in violation of the law. Lawlessness and criminality cannot be allowed to continue unabated.
The ongoing battles between the two transport stakeholders threaten the economy of Gauteng by limiting the ease of movement of residents and tourists. It is therefore of great importance that all transport stakeholders work together to ensure that Gauteng is home to a reliable, safe and affordable transport system.
Statement issued by John Moodey MPL, DA Gauteng Leader, 8 September 2017