Taxi protesters march in JHB

2012-05-14 12:59

More than 800 taxi operators marched in central Johannesburg to hand over a memorandum at the transport department.

“Traffic was diverted as the march began at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and ended in Pritchard Street around 1pm today,” said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

Protesters handed over a memorandum at the transport department in Pritchard Street.

The SA National Taxi Council said the protest was not led by the taxi industry. Spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa said it was not a taxi industry strike.

“It is believed the involved taxi drivers were frustrated because of the rising petrol price and law enforcement removing [licence] discs from taxis, thus disabling them from operation and causing commuters to seek alternative transport to work.”

He said this resulted in them being habitually late.

“There are also unconfirmed reports that e-tolling is one of the issues,” Molelekwa said.

The protest left thousands of commuters stranded this morning, the SABC reported.

Affected areas included many Soweto suburbs, Vosloorus on the East Rand, and the Vaal Triangle.

Many commuters were unaware the protest was taking place, the broadcaster reported.

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