Court dismissed unlawful patroling on the R529 by the Dzumeri United Taxi Association supported by (ARMSTA). Photo: Blessing Mabunda
By: Blessing Mabunda
The newly formed so- called Dzumeri United Taxi Association’s bid to control the Tzaneen- Giyani route has suffered a blow. This, after the Giyani Taxi Association, (GTA) decided to approach the court following failure of both the Transport department and the police to intervene in a stalemate that has dragged on for a month.
The matter between the two taxi rival associations will be heard at the Polokwane High Court in Limpopo on 8 September 2017.
According to well placed source within the GTA, during the first court appearance, the court had ordered that GTA should continue operating on the route until the matter could be heard by the court without any disturbance.
Giyani View has learned that the court dismissed unlawful patroling on the R529 by the Dzumeri United Taxi Association supported by the Alexandra-Randburg-Midrand-Sandton Taxi Association (ARMSTA)
Thousands of stranded taxi commuters in the area resorted to using bakkies as alternative transport.
Dzumeri Taxi operators led by Harasa Mabunda had thus far approached local headmen to give support to the new association.
The Giyani Taxi Association approached the Polokwane High Court to seek an interdict against the Dzumeri taxi operators. Taxis have not been operating well on the Tzaneen-Giyani route for over a month now.
The association alleges that they are being intimidated and robbed of their money whenever they try to operate on the route.
An application by the Dzumeri taxi operators to have a parallel taxi association in the area was dismissed by the transport department.