Controversial public transport system kicks off
By Ofentse Mokae
30 August 2009
Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele says he is pleased that taxi operators failed to stop today’s launch of the Bus Rapid Transit system in Johannesburg.
In a statement, Ndebele also commended the taxi industry for addressing the issue through negotiations and the courts.
The taxi industry had tried an eleventh hour court application to the South Gauteng High Court to prevent the launch of the BRT.
Ndebele says the government is now able to move a step closer towards providing safe, efficient and affordable public transport.
Earlier Cosatu reaffirmed its full support for the launch of the Bus Rapid Transit system.
The trade union federation said it utterly condemns threats by some taxi operators to unleash violence on drivers and passengers.