The peace agreement intended to bring the turf war between rival taxi associations in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape appears to be holding. Police Minister Bheki Cele brokered the deal by closing taxi ranks and routes. A month after the signing of the deal, just two ranks have reopened.
Hitchhiking may not be safe but neither are taxis and it is cheaper too. Obviously this does not go well with taxi owners and drivers sice it affects their business. Many hitchhikers accuse taxi operators of approaching them rudely and forcing them to use the taxi rank.