Intimidation tactics condemned

The Gauteng provincial government has condemned the intimidation tactics displayed by a group of individuals believed to be metered taxi operators.

"We will not tolerate hooliganism and intimidation by any group or individuals in our pursuit to build an integrated, affordable and modernised transport system," Gauteng Premier David Makhura said.

He made the comments after a group of individuals purported to be metered taxi operators were aggressive towards the MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi.

On Monday, the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport launched a process to regulate Uber partner drivers as public transport operators.

"While the MEC was preparing to leave the venue after launching the licensing process for Uber driver partners, he was accosted by a group of individuals purported to be members of the metered taxi operators.

"The group became extremely aggressive and the MEC's security detail had to remove him from the scene. The MEC is well and safe," the Gauteng provincial government said in a statement.

Premier Makhura said the regulation of Uber will allow for legal operation by the drivers.

"We do not agree with those who want to impose their own solutions to challenges," said Premier Makhura. -

SOURCE: Government Communication and information System