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The Gauteng Community Safety has reaffirmed its unwavering commitment towards ending one of the gravest forms of violations of the human rights of women and girls. As part of efforts towards ending the relentless onslaught of gender based violence in the country, the Taxi industry joined the Gauteng Community Safety department at the Bara taxi rank recently to foster collaborative efforts in the fight against gender based violence.
The campaign is an annual effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls around the country calling for national action to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions. The taxi industry by far transports the biggest number of passengers on any given day, compared to both rail and bus transportation. However, the industry has in recent times been marred by violent incidents perpetrated against women and other vulnerable groups.
Responding to media questions during the event, Gauteng Community Safety Department head, Nontsikelelo Sisulu mentioned that the department is fully aware of the cognizant issues of taxi violence that have engulfed different communities around the country. “Taxi industry transports at least 70 million of commuters a day, so it plays a vital role in the society”.
“ We want to work with the taxi industry on issues of compliance and road safety in general”. Sisulu further indicated that the department will work with the industry to ensure taxi accessibility to people with disabilities. For his part, Bara City Owners Taxi Association Public Relations officer, Sibusiso Mvelazi, appreciated the support of the department, and called on his fellow counterparts to refrain from acts of sexism and gender based violence and work as a collective to ensure women feel safe when using public transport.
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