- Fikile Mbalula has cancelled his scheduled meeting with the taxi industry on Sunday
- His spokesperson said that he did not have the authority to accede to any of their demands and would have to get the sign off from the NCCC
- Taxi operators are not impressed and will hold their own virtual meeting to discuss Mbalula
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was meant to meet with the taxi industry on Saturday but the meeting was delayed and then moved to Sunday.
Briefly.co.za discovered that the meeting which was meant to take place on Sunday has now been cancelled by Mbalula. The taxi industry was hoping to get clarity on a number of issues and negotiate passenger number and interprovincial travel.
"The minister needs to hear from the [National Coronavirus Command Council] what their final decision will be regarding the inter-provincial travel, as well as the 100% loading capacity that the taxi industry is asking for," said Mbalula's spokesperson Ayanda Allie-Payne.
"That's only going to happen on Tuesday," she said, adding that any decision will still need to be signed off on as a directive.
The industry has decided to defy lockdown regulations and carry 100% loads from Monday.
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According to News24, Mbalula's spokesperson said that he did not have the authority to agree to any of the industry's demands in his personal capacity.
Taxi operators are not happy as they feel that they have cooperated with the government and even sacrificed a great deal in adhering to the lockdown regulations and are still losing income due to reduced passenger numbers.
Taxi's are not allowed to carry 100% passenger loads and can only operate at 70% capacity in line with social distancing.
The taxi industry has proposed that passengers were masks and use hand sanitiser and keep the windows open in order for them to operate at 100% capacity.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that DJ Warras and many other Mzansi celebs have shown their support to the taxi industry during the strike.
In Mzansi, taxies are the biggest mode of transport and our country literally cannot function without them.
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