TAXI VIOLENCE: Cape Town Dealt Well With Strike
Recent Western Cape Business News
THE working population of Cape Town should be complimented for the brave and determined way in which they rose to the challenge presented by this week’s violent taxi strike, says the Cape Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Bagraim, President of the Chamber, said there had been no attempt to assess the financial losses incurred during the course of the strike because that had not been the main concern of business.
“Our main concern has been the violence and destruction of property. It is the working population of Cape Town that has been the main victim of this violent strike and the Chamber would like to thank the many thousands of workers who made plans and found ways to get to work despite the intimidation and the massive inconvenience they suffered. In addition we would like to thank MetroRail and Golden Arrow for the additional services that they made possible.”
Nevertheless there would be a bill for damages at the end of the day as burnt-out or damaged vehicles would have to be replaced or repaired. “That would certainly cost money but damage to the economy appears to be limited. People did find ways to get to work and, for the most part, things continued as per normal.”
He said the gain from the strike had been the way in which the authorities had resisted unreasonable demands and the firm line taken against trouble makers.
“We now have the job of dealing with those who overstepped the line. Industrial action and the withdrawal of labour is one thing, but gangster tactics to enforce the will of the strike leaders is another matter entirely. There has even been the loss of one life. Those responsible must now be held accountable for the excesses. If we do so now it will be easier to deal with violent strikes in the future,” Bagraim said.
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