Umzinyathi taxi route to close due to ongoing violence

Umzinyathi taxi route to close due to ongoing violence

KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Bheki Ntuli says his department has taken steps to close the Umzinyathi taxi route following ongoing violence.

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Addressing journalists at the Inanda police station on Thursday, he said the taxi industry in the province faced a myriad of problems.

Ntuli says the problem in the region emanates from ongoing power struggles. 

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The Umzinyathi to Durban taxi route has seen a number of shootings and Ntuli says if successful they will replace taxis working the routes with a reliable bus service.

"Also we know that comes with a strain, a strain that if 18 people are attacked in a kombi and the bus is carrying over 65 people, so you will be exposing a lot of people in terms of numbers to danger. 

"This is why we said, lets put security structures in place so that policing is visible in the area," says Ntuli. 

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