Tshwane Taxi strike leaves many stranded in the streets of Soshanguve

Photo by Katlego Seamago

Gauteng citizens were warned of a possible massive taxi strike, which left regular taxi commuters experiencing massive disruptions to their daily routines Wednesday morning.

Soshanguve, Block T saw roads being blocked with burning tyres and parked taxis. Many were left waiting hours for taxis to go to work and school.

According to Enca, The taxi industry is unhappy with government’s response to a variety of grievances, including the Integrated Public Transport Network or the Bus Rapid Transport system, operating licences, the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme, public transport subsidies and provisions of the National Land Transport Act.

The Gauteng Department of Education warned parents to make alternative arrangements for matric pupils.

Taxi drivers marched to the Department of Transport to hand over their first memorandum.

The transporters are demanding the firing of Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi, and subsidies for being ultimate transporters for millions of South Africans.