MEC concerned over Ladysmith protests

MEC concerned over Ladysmith protests

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal, Willies Mchunu says he is concerned over protests near Ladysmith that have lead to roads being blocked in the Ezakheni area over the past few days.


Community members are reportedly angry at proposed taxi fare increases. 

It is now understood fare increases will not be implemented until commuters have been consulted. 

Mchunu says the increase has been put on hold until the 15th of August. 

The MEC says the protests have affected day-to-day living in the area, with some local schools having to close early.

"We understand that people have the right to protest but no one has a right to act against the law. Closing of roads, burning of tyres and closing of schools is contrary to what is provided for in the law and our Constitution," he said.

Mchunu urged members of the community to rather engage in a constructive dialogue with the leadership of the local taxi industry with a view of finding a lasting solution to their concerns.

Already, a team of high-ranging officials from the Department of Community Safety and Liaison is holding high-level talks with all key stakeholders with a view of finding a solution for this challenge.

"We urge the locals to give this initiative an opportunity to find a solution to this challenge", he added.   

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