Recent protest action by long-distance taxi operators in response to a clamp-down by KZN’s Transport Department on non-compliance within the sector, were nothing but absolute lawlessness.
While everyone has the right to protest, there is a fine line between exercising this right and breaking the law.
The crackdown, dubbed Operation Shanela, was recently hailed a success by KZN Transport MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, who also reaffirmed her department’s commitment to vigilance in terms of the programme.
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What the MEC still needs to address, is the major inconvenience caused by illegal demonstrations.
It is the law-abiding people of our province who had to endure alleged stoning of vehicles and major traffic jams throughout the metro.
Most shocking, though, is that not a single person has been arrested for this chaos, despite sufficient footage of criminal activity.
The question is: Why were numerous police officers deployed to the scene if they were not going to act?
The citizens of KZN deserve a province where the law is upheld.
They cannot be expected to put up with a laid-back attitude by SAPS, particularly after what they went through in the July 2021 unrest.
As the political head of both Transport and Community Safety in KZN, it remains the MEC’s mandate to ensure that a no-nonsense approach is taken.
The message needs to be clear that nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands.
Sharon Hoosen MPL
DA KZN spokesperson on Transport and Community Safety and Liaison