Two Limpopo taxi organizations, who were recently at loggerheads over taxi routes, have decided to bury the hatchet in an effort to avoid the public violence currently griping the country.
The Moletjie Taxi Association and the Polokwane-Seshego Taxi Association made the decision on Monday to defend the Polokwane CBD from would-be-looters and any form of destruction of property, this is their effort to keep the taxi industry running.
In Limpopo the rioting and looting has remained at a minimum, with only one truck and one bus having been torched in Dennilton on Monday evening.
Taxi operators have vowed to protect the town, their spokesperson saying that, “Limpopo is a rural province. We have poor people who work at these shops that they want to loot. Those same people take our taxis every day so we can be able to make a living ourselves. We have to put our differences aside and stand together to fight these criminals. We can’t allow people to come into our province and start disturbing the peace, looting and burning our buildings in the name of Zuma. Once they leave, we will be left with nothing in the province and continue to be poor”.
The taxi operators as well as the community, organized themselves to patrol the taxi hubs while others monitor the malls.
Premier Stan Mathabatha congratulated both the taxi industry and the community for taxing a stance against the violence.
Sources: MSN, Newsline
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