News24

Thousands stranded due to taxi protest

2012-05-14 09:40

Johannesburg - Thousands of commuters were left stranded as Johannesburg minibus taxi operators protested on Monday 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.

The minibus taxi operators were protesting over a number of issues, including e-tolling and the rising petrol price.

A march was planned for later on Monday.

- Are you affected? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

Comments
  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-14 09:48

    And only the poor get affected. Country planning at its best.

      Msika - 2012-05-14 11:02

      Not good for the economy I know, but just another look at it, at least a couple of lives will be saved today.

      tyron.fawcett - 2012-05-14 11:08

      Id love to know exactly how much cANCer realy get out of the petrol price. Not enough traspareny. Taxis please let us know when you do this again so we may join you.

      Bennie - 2012-05-14 11:13

      Some people never happy , never work always protesting- me thinks when Thumb come out the Bum - happyness will soon Follow !!

  • William Teixeira - 2012-05-14 09:48

    the petrol issue is long overdue I believe that this is going to bring the working class man to his knees in more way than one!

  • wesley.gouws - 2012-05-14 09:52

    Ja well with the petrol price skyrocketing who can blame them.....

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-14 10:08

      I think we should join them on the petrol issue.

  • tmndlovu - 2012-05-14 10:01

    It's time we unite behind the e-toll n petrol hike. Viva taxis viva.

  • Anthony - 2012-05-14 10:05

    but why have they being quiet for so long?

      Ashwin - 2012-05-14 10:07

      cos now, they have to pay

      thinga - 2012-05-14 10:33

      You're right Anthony. But the truth is that they're complaining about the Pat Mbatha Busway that the ReaVaya buses use. They say they also want to use that road. If they use that road, traffic will be alleviated from the Soweto Highway, but the the ReaVaya buses will no longer be on time, since taxis will be clogging the road

  • NrGx - 2012-05-14 10:08

    I think its about time South Africa has a tax payer protest!

  • Cpo - 2012-05-14 10:08

    But I thought the e-toll thing was temporally suspended or put on hold, with the petrol price eishh its tough coz it will keep on rising>>>>

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-14 10:13

    I heard they were protesting about the Reya bus system stealing their tax free millions. But as too the etoll thing, if it's a USER PAY system as we have So kindly been thrust down our throats. If they USE they should PAY too.

  • Mark - 2012-05-14 10:29

    Why are they protesting against e-toll. they wont have to pay. Why dont the commuters unite against the pathetic taxi service. Cripple the taxi industry for a day or 2 and maybe they will take notice.

      inxsive - 2012-05-14 11:04

      they'll have to pay as the toll exemption for the taxi's were only a "draft" they'll get screwed aswell

  • Fran - 2012-05-14 10:30

    Disrespectful taxi drivers or their association didn't even notify anyone. Some people who are working for difficult bosses who will make it their mission not to understand the situation will loose their jobs because of this loosers. The taxi industry do not care about anyone but themselves, that's the reason why government should offer an alternative to taxis by having trains and buses traveling to industrial places so that people can have many choices than this dangerous taxis.

  • Mfundisitshikaswidyoho - 2012-05-14 10:42

    i dont know why they should strike coz they pay no taxes at all while they make lot of money and last i heard Taxis were not going to pay much on the E-tolling saga. i wonder if the taxis are not paying direct taxes to Zoooooma and family. I support them on this though. The last time Brent crude was at $112.80 we were paying less than R9/L so i wonder if the government is ready to do such a decrease in petrol price.

      Anthony - 2012-05-14 10:49

      taxis dont pay the tax on petrol and thats why they dont complain....

  • Fran - 2012-05-14 10:44

    Disrespectful taxi drivers or their association didn't even notify anyone. Some people who are working for difficult bosses who will make it their mission not to understand the situation will loose their jobs because of this loosers. The taxi industry do not care about anyone but themselves, that's the reason why government should offer an alternative to taxis by having trains and buses traveling to industrial places so that people can have many choices than this dangerous taxis.

      smchunukhumalo - 2012-05-14 10:52

      Ppl wer t0ld ther w0nt b taxi's i knew and m n0t the only 1. I doubt u take a taxi and i suggest u talk abt what u know n0t ur thot.

  • kenny.k.chauke - 2012-05-14 10:48

    These taxi drivers are stupid, striking against e-toll after it has been stopped

  • smchunukhumalo - 2012-05-14 10:49

    1. Bree taxi rank marshals on friday told every taxi l0ad that there wil be no taxis 2day! D0nt talk nonsens are about ppl weren't t0ld. Noord handed out flyers to COMMUTERS dat ther wont b taxis 2day! If i knew there was no taxis 2day y didnt other ppl know. Ppl that d0nt use \r\n2. They strikin for petrol, etolls, BRT and gvrnmnt n0t takng out the required permits YET keeps taking taxis off the road.\r\n3. If u think them striking against etoll c0z dy aint paying well wake up idiots they on ur side trying 2 p0int out that dy n0t supporting it on ur behalf. Gosh! Ppl are such narrow heads! Taxis r da m0st accesible and fastest m0de o transport and drops whr u want2 their routes are m0st accesible. \r\nI SAY YES TAXI STRIKE! Viva!

  • smchunukhumalo - 2012-05-14 10:49

    1. Bree taxi rank marshals on friday told every taxi l0ad that there wil be no taxis 2day! D0nt talk nonsens are about ppl weren't t0ld. Noord handed out flyers to COMMUTERS dat ther wont b taxis 2day! If i knew there was no taxis 2day y didnt other ppl know. Ppl that d0nt use \r\n2. They strikin for petrol, etolls, BRT and gvrnmnt n0t takng out the required permits YET keeps taking taxis off the road.\r\n3. If u think them striking against etoll c0z dy aint paying well wake up idiots they on ur side trying 2 p0int out that dy n0t supporting it on ur behalf. Gosh! Ppl are such narrow heads! Taxis r da m0st accesible and fastest m0de o transport and drops whr u want2 their routes are m0st accesible. \r\nI SAY YES TAXI STRIKE! Viva!

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-14 10:58

    ha ha ha ha ha ha and again ha ha ha ha ha ha and some more ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • Letlotlo - 2012-05-14 10:59

    Very narrow-minded of the taxi industry. One gets informed of their planned protect and as far as I know, taxis has been excluded frm the e-tolling. Petrol issue affects everybody, commuters and car owners are the same.Taxi industry has already informed commuters that there will be price increase and the commuters have agreed, so what is their problem?

      kasamkelo - 2012-05-14 12:43

      smchunukhumalo - May 14, 2012 at 10:49 Report comment 1. Bree taxi rank marshals on friday told every taxi l0ad that there wil be no taxis 2day! D0nt talk nonsens are about ppl weren't t0ld. Noord handed out flyers to COMMUTERS dat ther wont b taxis 2day! If i knew there was no taxis 2day y didnt other ppl know. Ppl that d0nt use \r\n2. They strikin for petrol, etolls, BRT and gvrnmnt n0t takng out the required permits YET keeps taking taxis off the road.\r\n3. If u think them striking against etoll c0z dy aint paying well wake up idiots they on ur side trying 2 p0int out that dy n0t supporting it on ur behalf. Gosh! Ppl are such narrow heads! Taxis r da m0st accesible and fastest m0de o transport and drops whr u want2 their routes are m0st accesible. \r\nI SAY YES TAXI STRIKE! Viva!

  • Henry - 2012-05-14 11:01

    What a pleasure it was coming to work today,no taxi rage for a change. We need more busses ferrying our workers to put the taxi industry 6 feet deep. Viva taxi strikes,viva...

      smchunukhumalo - 2012-05-14 12:16

      Ppl dat cause that change rage n racket is passangers ngama r100 ekuseni. . . Hw about u take a bus everyday??

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-14 11:10

    Someones losing votes :D

  • petr.valcik1 - 2012-05-14 11:17

    Just to put it out there - regarding the increase of the fuel levy which is an extra 20c/l equates to roughly R5 Billion per year. Further saving of R1 Billion if they fire 9000 cops at a roughly average cost of R10k a month. I know that a lot of cops get less than that - but some get quite a bit more as well. It reminds of of what happened with Eskom and Telkom. They fired about 25000 to 30000 people each to cut their costs and pay for bonuses. Then next year they couldn't deliver properly due to a lack of a decent work force....

  • Mike - 2012-05-14 11:23

    IF is a big, big big word, if ......

  • Henry - 2012-05-14 12:06

    This is just like 1 shooting himself on a foot. Other means of transport will report more profit in their takings today, whereas taxi operators will report a loss for today. It simply shows that they don't have their commuters interest at heart. Shame on them, as they are the ones who have huge liabilities in terms of those vehicles' instalment being owed to the garages. Somebody has to talk some sense into their minds, someday.

  • Brendon - 2012-05-14 12:16

    Taxi's should be replaced with effective public transport supplied by government instead using the latest catch phrase of misappropriation of funds in municiple area's CB showed how R28M was spent on a R2.8M property...surely all these wastages can contribute to a better transport system for all.

  • Adonis - 2012-05-14 13:48

    The taxi industry is very slow, they only came into realization of what being happening in the country now - patrol hike and etolling they both overdue. Where were they, when they were told initially that they will be exempted from the etolling system and we were busy expressing our opposition against the etolling system? ---------------------------------------- They shouldnt just pop up now and claim to be heroes here. They turned their backs on us when we needed their aggressive behaviour against the etolling system.

  • pages:
  • 1