I have monitored and noted the actions by the members of the Saldanha Taxi Association, an affiliation of the SANTACO since the call by the Western Cape SANTACO for the SHUTDOWN on the 21 – 22 November 2022.
I have been briefed on the closing of all the major roads into all our town. And that has unfortunately affected and inconvenienced all our residents and had a major impact to the economy and service delivery to our citizens.
I have since monitored what was supposed to be a peaceful strike, escalating to violence, intimidation and vandalism to infrastructure. I have instructed the Executive Management Team of SBM together with SAPS to engage with the Saldanha Taxi Association Executive Management to find an amicable solution that will cause a minimal disruption and peace to the citizens of the municipal area.
I would like to condemn in the strongest possible terms any violence and intimidation targeting innocent and abiding citizens as well as any destruction and vandalism at public infrastructure meant to serve our communities.
Furthermore, I would like to request the public to be more vigilant and assist and protect one another during this period. And report any incidents to SBM Control Room at 022 701 6834.
Cllr André Truter
Executive Mayor: Saldanha Bay Municipality