- The EFF had previously supported the taxi associations' bid to increase financial Covid-19 relief funding for the sector
- However, the call to increase capacity to 100% has drawn the ire of the Red Berets
- The move has been slammed as terrorism with the EFF urging the government to find a solution
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The Economic Freedom Fighters have condemned the taxi associations after voicing support for its bid to secure more funding for the industry.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Red Berets had urged the government to hand over R20 000 for each taxi as part of its Covid-19 relief plan, supporting the view of the sector.
But now, the EFF has changed its tune and slammed the call to operate at 100% capacity, accusing the leadership of punishing commuters for the 'incompetence' of the state:
"The associations have taken this decision as an attempt to voice their frustration at the government's refusal to increase the Covid-19 relief package for each taxi. In essence, the taxi associations are punishing vulnerable commuters for the sins and incompetence of the government.
"This is a clear cowardice stance which is avoiding to take the fight to the real people responsible for the taxi industry problem."
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Pointing out that the party had supported the call for more relief and even the shutdown protests that followed, the EFF reminded the associations that SA is currently recording thousands of new Covid-19 cases on a daily basis.
In light of this, the Red Berets have levied some serious allegations against taxi leadership who it says are placing lives at risk:
"To force our people to be in taxis without observing social distancing is attempted mass murder. The ethical line of respect for human life must never be crossed. Only terrorist cowards will attack innocent, unarmed and vulnerable people in a fight for freedom, instead of directly confronting the enemy."
The EFF pointed out that this move would only serve to punish taxi operators as well as their passengers, calling for a solution to be found:
"The reality is that taxi drivers will be greatly exposed in the process, not only will commuters be exposed to death, but the entire industrial workforce. Meaning, taxi drivers will themselves be like suicide bombers.
"We call on the government to urgently meet with the taxi associations and reach an amicable solution that avoids the irresponsible and reckless risk of people's lives."
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