Paramedics hindered as Durban bus strike blocks major roads

2016-02-01 11:45
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Durban - Paramedics were being hindered from travelling to various parts of Durban on Monday morning after bus drivers blocked off major roads in protest over salary packages.

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Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle van Reenen told News24 that motorists should avoid Queen Nandi Drive near KwaMashu, the M4 Umlazi and the N2 near the old airport.

“Durban Transport bus drivers are staging a protest, blocking the roadways. Traffic is severely affected, not only to the general public but also to emergency vehicles as response to certain areas is now hindered. Please use alternative routes where possible.

“The strike is believed to be taking place because of salary disputes.”

The eThekwini metro police said the strike would end soon.

Superintendent Sbonelo Mchunu told News24 an agreement had been reached but was not immediately implemented.

“By Friday an agreement was reached. However, the process of implementation could not be done by the weekend. The workers woke this morning feeling their demands were not met. At the moment we are in the process of paying them," Mchunu said.

“Unfortunately, the workers will not move until they see material evidence of the payment through electronic fund transfers. Metro Police is managing the situation and there have been no incidents thus far.”

Mchunu said that while some of the routes were still blocked, others had metro police stationed to redirect traffic.

“We expect this to be finished in two to three hours. We are managing the situation until they are paid.”

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