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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Western Cape Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General, Thembisile Patekile has again urged members of the community, who are being intimidated by taxi-associations or taxi-drivers, to report matters to the police as soon as possible.

He said police will act immediately to ensure that the prompt arrest and prosecution of those who intimidate or harm commuters.

He says no major incidences of violence or shootings have been reported since the closing of the B97 route between Paarl and Bellville on Monday.

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The Western Cape MEC for Transport, Daylin Mitchell says the arbitration process, to find a lasting solution to the ongoing tax-violence, has now started.

Mitchell says the new negotiation-process comes after the earlier mediation-process, between the province’s main taxi-associations, failed to reach a working solution.

He says the violence has claimed the lives of 83 people since the beginning of the year.

Mitchell also announced the suspension of financing to taxi-associations as a means to suppress the violence.

He says the move follows the inability of CATA, Codeta and Santaco to find a lasting solution to the violence.

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Western Cape law-enforcement officers have been deployed to hot-spot areas, while roadblocks have also been set up, to search taxis for illegal firearms and other weapons.

This, according to the Western Cape Police-commissioner, major general Thembisile Patekile who says that no further shootings or violence have been reported since Monday morning, when a Golden Arrow bus-services driver was shot.

Patekile says a multi-disciplinary approach has now been implemented.

He says 12 taxi-operators have been arrested, this past week, for being in possession of unlicensed firearms.

Patekile says discussions are on-going and that, in the meantime, law-enforcement agencies are on high-alert to react, should any further violence or shootings be reported.

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The Western Cape Transport MEC, Daylin Mitchell has expressed his disappointment that, despite weeks of engagement, no agreement has yet been reached between taxi-operators.

Mitchell, during an online briefing yesterday said he had been in talks with representatives of Codeta and CATA, to find a solution to the ongoing taxi-violence.

Mitchell says the conduct of a criminal few, in the taxi-industry, is holding the livelihoods of thousand of Mother City residents ransom.

Mitchell and premier Alan Winde is again meeting with the provincial Police Commissioner, general Thembisile Patekile today to find ways to end the ongoing dispute.

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