Aug 16

Cape Town mayor hits back at Presidency

South Africa’s Presidency has shot down Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis’s threat. The mayor says he will declare an intergovernmental dispute if President Cyril Ramaphosa does not respond to a request to create a joint working committee on rail devolution by the end of August. According to News24, Hill-Lewis said the lack of a functional passenger rail system was severely felt in Cape Town during the recent taxi strike. Tens of thousands of commuters were left stranded as taxis across the Western Cape stopped running for eight days. Bus services were also severely curtailed for safety reasons as striking taxi drivers targeted operating bus drivers.