MEC Nkosi–Malobane condemns violent protest action by Taxi operators in Gauteng

The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, condemns violence, intimidation, and lawlessness following protest action by SANTACO.

The strike has led to service delivery disruptions as most workers were unable to go to their respective areas of work and learners were denied an opportunity to write their exams as many roads were blocked.

The protesters went on a rampage blocking roads and illegally confiscate truck operators’ keys and the truck operators were left stranded.

“I am deeply disappointed in the manner in which SANTACO members conducted themselves during protest action this morning.

Panyaza Lesufi‏ @Lesufi

“It is a constitutional right for community members to engage in a peaceful protest but violent action and intimidation of non-striking members of communities cannot be condoned. The strike has a negative impact on our economy since Gauteng is the economic hub of our country.

“In future, we will reconsider granting them permission to engage in protest action. Our Law Enforcement Agencies are working around the clock to ensure that the hooligans who were involved in illegally confiscating truck drivers’ keys are brought to book to face the full might of the law.

“Workers have avenues they can explore to raise their concerns instead of resorting to intimidation and violent protests,” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.

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