The ANC has weighed in on concerns about the disparities in government support for the public transport sector.
The party’s Western Cape branch has expressed outrage that R 1.1 billion will subsidise the Golden Arrow Bus Services this year, while the taxi industry will receive next to nothing.
The party also wants the Western Cape government’s contract with Golden Arrow to be shared publicly.
These views were aired in a sitting of the provincial government this week.
ANC provincial spokesperson on finance, Nomi Nkondlo says that Golden Arrow seems to be receiving preferential treatment while the taxi associations are cast aside.
This sentiment is shared by local taxi associations.
The South African National Taxi Council’s Western Cape chair, Mandla Hermanus says that five months after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced plans to introduce subsidies for minibus taxi passengers, nothing has happened.