Pressure mounts on Lehari PTIT

Ramotswedi Rammutla, 11 September 2020

Mahikeng: Pressure from stakeholders in the transport sector has led to MEC for the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari withdrawing his intervention team. This followed appointment of a 12 member team by the department mandated; “to examine and identify challenges faced by the broader transport sector and solution thereof. This was to ensure stability in the industry and enhance relations between different role players in the sector and Government” said Alpheus Koonyaditse Departmental Spokesperson in a statement.

According to the department following multiple problems in different regions and routes, the MEC took the decision; “Given the volatility in the public transport sector, MEC Lehari and the Department went about setting up an intervention team in an advisory role” added the statement.

Keonyaditse reiterated that “in establishing the intervention team the MEC consulted various stakeholders. Among them, the organised taxi bodies, the South African National Small Bus Operators Council (SANSBOC), Governance Cluster Committee, Executive Council (EXCO) and the Inter-ministerial Task Team (IMTT)”.

“It was after this interactive process that the team of 12 members comprising six men and six women was identified. Last week the team was introduced to the public. However, there had been numerous concerns from a number of stakeholders on the processes followed to establish the team. The MEC then requested that the appointment of the team be reversed in order to allow the department to address concerns raised and embark on a proper recruitment process” added Keonyaditse.

As the team was still to assume full responsibility when they were withdrawn, there had not been any costs incurred by the Department.

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