Philip Taaibosch President of South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) has condemned political messaging and unauthorised branding of taxis.
This came after the incident of a taxi fleet in Limpopo was parading with a branded political message “Hands Off Ace Magashule”, along with the ANC emblem.
Philip Taaibosch explicitly placed it on record that SANTACO does not allow vehicle branding of any kind except the South African National flag.
“All brandings on vehicles are prohibited by law. The only branding that is allowed on our taxis is the South African National flag on the side of the vehicle”, said Taaibosch.
On the same issue regarding Ace Magashule’s face and political messages suggesting that he must be “left alone”. Yesterday, ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte said that the taxi owner does not have authorisation to brand their vehicles with the ANC emblem.
Duarte explained that she immediately informed her Senior, sitting ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule of the matter on which he plainly denied giving instructions or permission for the vehicle branding.
“The Secretary General said he did not give anyone permission to use our emblem on the taxis”, said Duarte.
Duarte further escalated the matter to ANC legal counsel to the handle matter: “So the next thing I did was to ask our lawyer to write to the taxi industry for them to remove the ANC emblem”, she explained.
SANTACO said if anyone needs to do branding on their taxi, they should rather apply for exemption than going ahead without permission.
SANTACO placed it on record that the organisation does not have any existing political affiliations.
“We want to place it on record now. We are not a political party, and we are not supporting any political party at SANTACO, said Taaibosch.