TAXI OPERATORS in the provincial capital of Pietermaritzburg in Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa, have had a series of meetings with the mayor of the Msunduzi Municipality to demand that a number of parking tickets be cancelled.
Mayor Themba Njilo met Boy Zondi (South African National Taxi Association), Bheki Sokhela (Mgugundlovu Regional Taxi Council), after rumours circulated on social media websites that cabbies were planning to go on strike.
Agreement has now been reached on a range of issues but the mayor said he did not have the power to cancel the tickets himself. Mr Njilo said:
Taxi representatives have been out with municipality officials, looking at off-loading areas, after complaints were received that fines were being issued because there were no designated parking sites. Since the municipality does not have the authority over the issuing of the parking tickets we have agreed to approach the court to see how we can get the fines either reduced or cancelled.
Regional taxi council chairman Mr Sokhela said: “We will work with traffic officers to reduce parking violations and in the meantime appeal to drivers not to go on strike until we have the court decision on the fines issued.”