Taxis around the country are allowed to operate between 5am and 9am and again between 4pm and 8pm daily but many operators don’t do that. But in Rustenburg, things are tougher than they look.

Since the implementation of the National Lockdown, as declared by the President in mitigating the transmission of the Covid-19 between persons by limiting movement of people, the Rustenburg Local Municipality has been hard at work in ensuring that all the regulations are complied with.

The Directorate for Public Safety during its operations, impounded 44 Minibus taxis were for numerous contraventions in respect of the new regulations including, operating outside the stipulated time frames (05:00 am – 09:00 am) and (04:00 pm – 08:00 pm), ferrying persons not categorized as essential services workers, as well as exceeding the number of permitted passengers in a minibus taxi as per the regulations.

Municipal spokesperson David Magae said a number of sedans were also impounded for being found to have occupants exceeding the required number as per the regulations governing motor vehicles. “Additionally, more arrests have been effected, where 19 males including two foreign nationals have been detained at Tlhabane Police Station for failure to be confined to residence during Lockdown, in line with regulation 11(B) 1 (a),” said Magae.

2 shops have also been fined R 1500.00 each for failure to stop business operations during the period of the lockdown.