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Two taxi ranks in Johannesburg, South Africa were shut down by Gauteng member of executive committee for roads and transport Ismail Vadi on Wednesday.

Vadi said he had to take “extraordinary measures” because of violence, unrest and instability relating to the on-going conflict between the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association (WATA) and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (NANDUWE).

“Practically, what this means is that specific taxi ranks and routes in Soweto will be shut down from Friday morning, March 15 for a period of three months, until June 15 this year. It is necessary to shut down their minibus taxi services for the safety of commuters and residents of Soweto,” said Vadi.

He pointed out that there have been various reported cases of violence, intimidation, murder and damage to property since January this year. A total of five people have been shot dead while 5 different cases of malicious damage to property were reported.

He said on March 11, about 300 drivers purportedly linked to WATA and NANDUWE unlawfully blockaded with their vehicles the Johannesburg CBD, thereby creating a gridlock and disruption of traffic in the city centre for several hours.

Vadi warned that anyone who contravenes the order risk being imprisoned for six months or a fine of R25,000 (1,735 U.S. dollars) Enditem

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