Taxi strike rampant

2017-06-08 06:01

TAXI associations in Durban brought public transport and traffic to a halt yesterday as taxi owners went on a one-day provincial strike due to alleged abuse by Toyota­ and insurance companies.

According to a public notice from Umbumbulu Taxi Association KZN taxis were not to transport any commuters from 12am on Tuesday until 3pm on Wednesday as owners were on strike.

The notice stated that protests were about them being “abused by banks, insurance companies and Toyota” when buying the Quantum minibus, which were alleged being sold at the same price as a 65-seater bus.

“Waking up and going to work is not going to assist us. We apologise, but we are tired of being abused by Toyota, the banks and insurance companies,” read the notice signed by HB Makhanya of the association.

Spokesperson for the KZN Taxi Associations, Mandla Mzelemu, said the strike was not supposed to affect commuters and the Ugu taxi commuters would not be affected by the strike.

“What was agreed upon in the meetings was that owners would use their private vehicles to go and voice their grievances to Toyota [in Isipingo], not what they are doing in Durban. Now the whole of Durban is at a standstill. It is really bad, however in the Ugu region the only commuters that might be affected would be those travelling to Durban,” said Mzelelmu.

A employee from Toyota, who asked not to be named, said the taxi owners were “misguided” as Toyota was not the one responsible for their qualms.

“They actually deal with SA Taxi, who deals with their finances, not Toyota,” said the employee.

Halfway Toyota Shelley Beach financial manager declined to comment on the matter.

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