Mbalula: Government has no more money to offer taxi industry

Written by on 23 June, 2020

Transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, says there is no need for the taxi industry to shut down the country.

He’s been addressing media amid the taxi strike in Gauteng and a looming one for KZN.

Last week, Mbalula announced that government is offering the industry a relief package of more than R1.1 billion however, taxi bosses have rejected this, saying it’s not enough to cover their loss.

Mbalula says government will not be intimidated by the industry.

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KZN Santaco chairperson, Boy Zondi, says commuters must also expect a taxi shut down in the province tomorrow, if they don’t come into terms with the minister.

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The minister further says formalising the taxi industry will be beneficial for both government and the industry.

Mbalula says if drivers and marshals were working in a formal sector, they would have been able to benefit from the UIF and says this is the right time to transform the industry.

By: Lindelani Mbatha

Gagasi FM

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