Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell says authorities are still working to find an amicable solution that would allow for the reopening of the B97 taxi route.

The taxi route, running between Paarl and Bellville, was closed on 26 July after the flare-up of violence between competing taxi associations CATA & CODETA.

Mitchell says an extension of the route suspension was published last week.

He says he understands that taxi operators are losing money because of this closure but adds that the safety of commuters is now of main concern.

The Western Cape branch of SANTACO has meanwhile also called on the CATA & CODETA taxi associations to continue engaging with authorities.

SANTACO Western Cape spokesperson Mandla Hermanus says the safety of taxi commuters should enjoy priority should the B97 route be reopened.

Hermanus says further engagement between role-players is of great importance.

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The Western Cape Department of Transport says no new taxi operators’ licences will be issued to CATA and CODETA taxi operators until the suspension of the special regulatory process has been lifted.

The Department says it has engaged with the City of Cape Town to suspend the regulatory process in response to last week’s violent and disruptive taxi protests here in the Mother City.

Spokesperson, Jandre Bakker says only when authorities are satisfied that the violence had come to an end, would the lifting of the suspension be considered.

Bakker says Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell is studying the report he received from officials after the strike.

He says, should the violence continue, the suspension of the regulatory process will stay in place.

He says it has also been decided to place CATA and CODETA taxi operators under red status for the time being.

Bakker says some operators may also have their operating licences suspended.

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