CHRIS ROPER: Taxi strike a two-way street
You don’t need to endorse the violence meted out by the taxi industry to recognise the structural and historical inequalities underlying their grievances — and to realise how those can be manipulated by opportunists
Can you spot what’s wrong with this statement from the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco)? “It is with great sorrow and regret that we take notice of the violence and destruction of property and the loss of life that occurred over the past few days and this morning. We are sensitive to public sentiment and do not wish to alienate the public by actions that hurt or injure them.”
Santaco was responding to an order issued by judge Patrick Gamble last Sunday, telling its affiliates and members not to attack Golden Arrow buses and ordering striking drivers not to intimidate or harass passengers. ..
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