Cape Town taxi drivers go on strike

2011-03-14 08:04

Cape Town - Minibus taxi commuters were left stranded in Cape Town on Monday morning as members of the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) started striking to protest against the provincial government.

"There's a lot of unhappiness amongst my members in the Western Cape," said Santaco secretary general Philip Taaibosch.

"It is the only province in South Africa where you find that taxi operators are harassed in such a big way," he told Sapa.

Taaibosch said Santaco members were protesting about two matters - the red tape and "sloppiness" around the issuing of operating licences by the provincial government, and the "draconian" traffic laws.

He said authorities regularly impounded taxis without good reason.

"If he is a taxi operator, they just impound his vehicle," said Taaibosch.

He said he had requested his colleagues in the Western Cape to try and set up a meeting with transport and public works MEC Robin Carlisle to discuss Santaco's concerns.

The strike will end once "the provincial leadership had decided that their issues had been addressed", said Taaibosch.

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  • Alwyn - 2011-03-14 08:11

    Arranged by the ANC to make the province ungovernable ,expect a lot more dirty tatics before the elections,The ANC will not ease off because the WC has a lot of recources that they can plunder and steal if they win the election

      Dougalan - 2011-03-14 08:58

      Correct, Alwyn. The ANC cannot retake the W.Cape due to a 'good service record', because the ANC has a crap record of service. A recent survey showed that dissatisfaction increased in every ANC ward, while DA wards were more satisfied with service delivery. So the only hope for the ANC to try and make gains in the W.Cape is with a dirty tricks campaign to cause disruption. It's typical ANC tactics. They deserve to lose a LOT more seats in the elections as voters wake up to the truth about this loser party.

      Alwyn - 2011-03-14 09:02

      Ya Paul like you will be fine after every recource has been depleted and you have to stand at an intersection "no work,no food ,please help" to provide for your family,,,,but you dont care about the future,only about today,and if that means that you have to take on evrybody on this forum to prove your ignorance and stupidity you will,at least this way you can show to the world how easy it is to manupilate the masses with empty promisses,and arrange anarchy to force the will of the ANC on to people.Now sit back think about it and then decide if you realy can justify being a mouthpiece for the most corrupt goverment South Africa ever had

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-14 09:03

      Taxi drivers hate the law. Not a day goes by without a taxi causing some sort of chaos. What are their demands? To allow unroadworthy vehicles on to stay on the road, to disobey roads signs and signals? To drive without drivers licenses and overloaded vehicles? What exactly do they want to put an end to? Airplanes are inspected before every trip by a qualified engineer, taxi drivers don't so the responsiblity is placed on traffic police to keep our rouads safe. If taxi drivers are upset about being targeted by the traffic cops then maybe they should look at themselves first and get their house in order before running around like a bunch of morons crying foul.

      ratex - 2011-03-14 09:11

      @ paul, you chop. I have an enema or should that be an enemelema for you.

      jdeeathome - 2011-03-14 10:50

      the provinces which they hold is already ungovernable, the western cape is currently a model of what the rest of the country should look like, i watched a extract last night of the western cape schools, if that is the governance of the ANC then we are in serious SH..

      Werner - 2011-03-14 11:11

      Hmm ... you really should read up what province makes up the largest percentage of the GDP.

      Enuff - 2011-03-14 11:16

      @jdeeathome - if you're referring to the Carte Blanche article, it was EASTERN Cape schools. There is a difference - Eastern Cape = ANC, Western Cape = DA.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-14 13:28

      @paulmandlankosi - Shame dude, you can see you are an ANC supporter, nothing constructive to say....

  • AJ - 2011-03-14 08:12

    "draconian" traffic laws - keeping within the speed limit, not going through red robots, not stopping in the middle of a lane, not going straight from a turn-only lane etc, stuff like that right?

      schmerz - 2011-03-14 09:02

      Come on, how can you expect a member of the ANC to obey traffic laws? That would be racist?

      Nate - 2011-03-14 09:37

      Don't forget, being able to steer a taxi using a vicegrip spanner and using a screw driver as a gear lever. And the all time classic "modification" using cardboard as brake pads.

  • johns54 - 2011-03-14 08:13

    ANC at work again. Thugs using thugs to boost their 'cause'.

  • Darwinian - 2011-03-14 08:16

    non-taxpayers should have NO RIGHTS!!!!!!!

      Raka13 - 2011-03-14 08:57

      Agree 100%. also who does these Taxi Drivers think they are? Hope the BRT starts sooner than later. This has nothing to do with DA or ANC but wiht improving our transport system.

      Biza - 2011-03-14 10:22

      Yes thats true and i think people are missing the point or just a mental block they are suffering from, this is about improving our roads and preventing accident not Politics YOU FOOLS.

  • CR - 2011-03-14 08:17

    "It is the only province in South Africa where you find that taxi operators are harassed in such a big way," he told Sapa. If they did not drive so dangerously and irresponsibly they would not be harassed, although law enforcement still is not doing enough to clamp down.

  • Anton - 2011-03-14 08:17

    uhm..firstly, all taxi's need to be roadworthy just like a car should,if not well impound it.those law abiding taxi drivers only have their unlawful peers to blame for setting precedent.all i know is ive seen less and less dodgy taxis on the road strange how there is suddenly problems with provincial governement on the eve of an election,i wonder which political party the ppl that added fuel to this fire support? could it be the one which would like to gain back control of capetown?

  • Lycanthrope - 2011-03-14 08:20

    Let's see, if you strike by not doing what earns you an income, you kind of don't earn an income. Let's see how long they can keep this up for. Also, any motorist in South Africa can tell you those taxis more than deserve their "harassment" but that the provincial government of the Western Cape is the only one without political motivations permitting them to get away with it. Oh, and I love "draconian traffic laws." You mean those self same traffic laws any and every motorist has to obey? Poor you.

  • Thandi - 2011-03-14 08:20

    Playtime for the children again. Idiots.

  • Vrijheid - 2011-03-14 08:24

    Lol... ANC dictators.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-03-14 08:26

    ANC puppets

  • Carl Muller - 2011-03-14 08:27

    In all the other provinces they get away with murder. Here they are taken to task to be law abiding citizens....

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-14 09:00

      Taxi drivers hate the law. Not a day goes by without a taxi causing some sort of chaos. What are their demands? To allow unroadworthy vehicles on to stay on the road, do disobey roads signs and signals? To drive without drivers licenses and overloaded vehicles? What exactly do they want to put an end to? Airplanes are inspected before every trip by a qualified engineer, taxi drivers don't care so the responsiblity is placed on traffic police. If taxi drivers are upset about being targeted by the traffic cops then maybe they should look at themselves first before running around like a bunch of morons crying foul.

  • craiggib - 2011-03-14 08:31

    'and the "draconian" traffic laws.' - could that maybe be why it's a pleasure sharing the roads with taxis in Cape Town vs up here in gangster land?

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 08:38

    It's election time.......and the ANC are clutching at straws....

  • Chris - 2011-03-14 08:41

    One can only hope that this strike don't turn out the same as the truck strike not too long ago. I don't mind people striking - but don't burn stuff down, cause chaos or disrupt other people’s daily life and especially no murdering of people.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-14 09:10

      They must strike & burn their taxis in protest. !!! Viva Santaco Viva !!!

      Other Justin - 2011-03-14 13:30

      Who knows what is going to happen Chris, if the ANC are behind this strike, which I am sure they are, it will probably descend into chaos and anarchy, like the party themselves.

  • BilboBaggins - 2011-03-14 08:41

    Traffic rules and laws are there to protect ALL South Africans. But as usual it is deny, deny, deny that any taxi/minibus driver ever does anything wrong. Instead of turning it into another political issue, all that has to be done is that the rules of the road are obeyed and the lives of all drivers are safe in terms of the Constitution. Paulmandlankosi - what are you going on about? Are you happy with the way that taxi drivers take over the road and endanger the lives of their passengers and other drivers? Have you seen the statistics in terms of accidents involving taxi / minibuses? Or are you just another member of the 'deny, deny, deny' club?

      Big Mouth - 2011-03-14 10:07


  • Oupa Willem - 2011-03-14 08:41

    The ANC 'll do anything to make ol' Jakes's wish, as expressed in Paarl yesterday, become a reality. Apparently ol'"Gataffie" can now freely set the African example as to how to handle recalcitrant citizens. 'n As for the West, what a lot of "STIFF UPPAH LIP" GUTSLESS FARTS! Too dead scared to take action against a bloke who has given them/us hell over the last 30-40 years. Lockerbie springs to mind here as an example of what I mean. It starts off RELATIVELY small, only somewhere around 200 deaths and expands into another Libya later! Editors, sorry if I digress but its how I connetct up the two African events.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-14 08:51

      WTF are you on about?

      Staalbal - 2011-03-14 09:56

      Oupa Willem. Dis te vroeg vir 'n knertsie.

      Will2.0 - 2011-03-14 11:07

      Iemand het vergeet om vir Oupa Willem sy pille te gee.

      Other Justin - 2011-03-14 13:31

      LOL! Holy cr@p.

  • Robert - 2011-03-14 08:42

    he he he you got to give the anc an a++ for using the poor i.e taxi drivers to get what they want ,shame they are still worse of then before apartheid ended ,plus they are dragging the rest with them to.

  • Welleducated - 2011-03-14 08:44

    Well done Western Cape, they should do the same in Gauteng where taxi drivers think they own the road and everything on it. I am willing to place my bet down this is also an ANC arrangement. and by the way, Taxi don't declare their full earnings. They also use Petrol stations to buy cheap cash "petrol receipts" for petrol they never purchased!

  • Alfred - 2011-03-14 08:46

    Driving like they feel 4. Upstracting other road users!! Not paying tax!! And, like today wven harrass and drowing stones on golden arrow buses!! Why not getting rid of this criminals!! They are not realy try to find a fair and economic solution in our socaity!! It is a maffia!! Please Goverment do something about!!! Fred

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-14 10:32

      Don't forget the petrol subsidising that taxi operators get. These days if you don't ask for a cash slip when filling up, the petrol attendants keep them and pass them on to taxi drivers who then claim the petrol subsidy back from your taxes. Awesome stuff hey?

  • gwilky - 2011-03-14 08:50

    where's the proof???? where's the case of miss conduct against the police???? come on... WHERE!!!!!!!

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-03-14 08:50

    I'm almost 100% certain that the cops wouldn't just take vehicles off the road for no reason. There are no traffic laws that are draconian. In my opinion it is the driving of the taxi drivers wich is disgusting. There is no merit to this strike but I do smell an election.

  • AZB - 2011-03-14 08:50

    To those puppets and goonies on strike, may you get the shits for the next 40 days

  • loopfilms - 2011-03-14 08:55

    Taxi's deserve everything they get ! countless numbers of vehicles are unlicensed, unsafe, are responsible daily deaths on our roads. they dont pay tax and dont give a damn about any other driver on the road. Violence against innocent commuters is proof of their disregard for anyone else.

  • advurt - 2011-03-14 08:57

    Lovely! What a pleasure to be driving today with no taxi's on the roads!Keep striking you idiots! Let's see how long you can do without an income.

  • awonke.fongoqa - 2011-03-14 08:58

    gun shots this morning in nyanga terminus, how i got past that .. god knows !!!

      Jova - 2011-03-14 09:31

      This is what is most upsetting about these strikes. The innocent people whose lives are endangered. Why can't the people see what the ANC is doing to the people? Even though the streets are much easier to negotiate in most parts of Cape Town, there are areas where it is impossible to get to work and dangerous to be. If there are shots fired, it's urban terrorism. Send in the Defense Force!

      Enuff - 2011-03-14 09:53

      Thank heavens you did get past it all safely Awonke - hope all other innocent people are as lucky.

      Charles Kane - 2011-03-14 10:35

      A bus driver has been shot.

  • orakle123 - 2011-03-14 09:02

    Maybe because the Western Cape tries to have standards and not bring us down to the chaotic level like Africa?? You are trying to make the WC ungovernable but you will be met with force!

  • Aweh - 2011-03-14 09:05

    What a pleasure - no taxi's on the road. I'd like to suggest they strike every day!!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-14 09:07

    Flippin taxi drivers do as they please here in KZN...Anything goes & the traffic chops do absolutely bogerol...just maybe, the cops in Cape town are doing their jobs and not sitting under a jacaranda tree with a barrel of KFC...

  • Kent - 2011-03-14 09:13

    Finally - the WC public transport departement gets a chance to make taxis redundand. "Golden Arrow" - Pick up their customers, get them to work and back home - and lets just forget these annoying mini busses and their (sulking drivers) inmature behaviour and our streets. ...and yes, employ taxi drivers which have been able to comply to the rules (you need to be literate to understand the rules - this might be the biggest challenge!) - should you find any...

  • WPWW - 2011-03-14 09:19

    Love it, every motorist hates taxi's with a passion, because they never follow rules of the road. So dont say on the news you are upset due to draconian traffic laws. These laws are there to ensure no taxis get away with bad driving. All minibus taxis should be banned, viva brt

  • Kelvin moyo - 2011-03-14 09:23

    dunoon taxis are working they do not have problem.they need money more than anything

  • Eric Masha - 2011-03-14 09:26

    Some of the opposition supporters reasoning is shameful & baseless, It shows Ignorence and lack of intelligence to interprete a simple problem that needs solutions.These people must stop the blaiming game and work on a notion to find solutions.

      Enuff - 2011-03-14 09:45

      So what exactly is the problem Eric Masha? Is the problem that the taxi operators are unhappy because the cops pull them over when they drive recklessly and endanger innocent lives? Is the problem that taxi drivers do not obey the rules of the road and endanger innocent lives? Is the problem that taxis get impounded when they are not roadworthy and endanger innocent lives? What exactly is the problem Eric Masha???

      Enuff - 2011-03-14 09:48

      By all means Eric, the taxi drivers need to tell their side of the story - get Carte Blanche to spend a week under cover with a couple of taxis or something. Tell us what their issue is without just whining about being punished when they commit punishable offences. It is not the taxi drivers that get harrassed - it's every other road user that gets harrassed by the taxi drivers!

      capetonian - 2011-03-14 10:16

      No Eric Masha, our local authorities do what they are paid to do in the Western Cape - which is why the taxi industry doesn't complain elsewhere. Here we have responsible government - less nepotism, incompetence and coruption. The solution is a change in government wherever the ANC are in control. Hopefully these municipal elections are going to show just how pissed off voters really are!!

      Other Justin - 2011-03-14 13:37

      OK Eric, what is the problem according to you? The Western Cape is dealing with lawless taxi drivers, yet you think they are not the problem, who do you think is? My money is on the taxi drivers being the problem, you just need to drive on the road to see that.

  • - 2011-03-14 09:27

    "There's a lot of unhappiness amongst my members in the Western Cape," said Santaco secretary general Philip Taaibosch. Well Mr. ToughBush, there is EVEN MORE unhappiness amongst the general public that have to put up with the criminal behaviour of YOUR members (taxi-drivers) on a daily basis. The laws governing road users applies top everybody, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT TRANSPORT PEOPLE FOR MONEY. The moment you accept the responsibility for the safety of people's lives, you would understand that your vehicles should be fitted with speed limiting devices (60km/h MAX) and safety certificates renewed EVERY YEAR. The law is not strict enough as far as these road hogs are concerned. They (taxi drivers) are a menace to society.

  • Pikkewyn - 2011-03-14 09:31

    Cape Town and WP is the best place in this country. I was there this weekend. 1) It is super clean - everywhere. 2) It is so well organised there. 3) There are clean maintained playparks for kids. 4) You feel safe. 5) The city centre is clean. 6) There are security officers in the city centre You people can say what you will but WC is the best run province in this country. And instead of critisizing and trying to boicot it the ANC must play catchup and show us that they can run anything just as good. This is where the challange is.....

  • onetickie - 2011-03-14 09:35

    where you find that taxi operators are harassed?????????? Well thats because the Western Cape has what the civilized world has, ie A FUNCTIONING TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT! Only reason taxi drivers do what they want elsewhere in the country is because there is so much corruption that the provinces don't function at any level anymore. Well done, Western Cape, keep up the good work and take the dangerous drivers off the roads.

  • Enuff - 2011-03-14 09:36

    So the only group of people the ANC can get to strike against local govt in the Western Cape are the taxi drivers? The only excuse the taxi drivers can come up with for the strike is that the DA is doing their job??? Come now ANC, that's not even laughable, it's just pathetic! If you're gonna use underhanded, cheap electioneering tactics at least make them interesting.

  • henco.kotze - 2011-03-14 09:39

    Maybe if the taxi driver, drive more savely there wont be so much "Redtape"? And BTW what does it mean when the taxi strike? It will only hurt them and they lose busniss, Money and Customers? So why... Really why?

  • Rocky - 2011-03-14 09:41

    Damn you have to love this place. The lunatics are running the asylum. Whites are satan because they are enforcing the "no work no pay" agreement by SADTU and taxis drivers (the most arrogant and useless bunch of people in the world) are strikng because they don't like traffic laws. No where in the world could anybody take this never ending goon show seriously.

  • Gwen - 2011-03-14 09:42

    This is just too funny! They are striking because they are being forced to follow the laws of the road - if you don't like it go to Gauteng - there you can do what you want because the ANC doesn't care. You will see how quickly you come running back.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-14 09:46

    Whoopie. The roads are going to be safe! Just watch them sabotage the railway lines now.

      Enuff - 2011-03-14 10:35

      Yup! Busses were being stoned in khayelitsha this morning. No doubt by taxi drivers trying to further disrupt transport services.

  • Staalbal - 2011-03-14 09:49

    The longer these bastards stay off our roads the better. Let them strike

  • coonpsycho - 2011-03-14 09:53

    just burn all the damm taxis and get proper buses and trains, these taxis are a nuisance, they dont abide by the traffic laws, they dont care, then why should we or the government. I say if they dont start behaving on the road dont give them anything. they dont deserve it!!! treat them like the children they are. This dam sick mentality in South Africa needs to stop, if you want something actually work for it, demanding everything because you deserve it? bah you make me sick. and when they cant have it they protest... until we give in to their demands.... not their worth...

  • capetonian - 2011-03-14 09:56

    If they want to strike, then let them. Let's see who blinks first! Like other comments here, they are a law unto themselves and break every traffic regulation in the book. I for one am sick and tired of the attitude of "if you don't give us want we want, then we will inconvenience eveyone, and if that doesn't work, well we will block the free ways..." This industry must be regulated and traffic laws enforced - REGARDLESS! Roll on muncipal elections. The ANC will get even fewer votes this time around!!

  • sjackson - 2011-03-14 10:01

    At least it was a pleasure to drive on the road this morning, no taxis. Keep striking guys i guess you don't need the money and your families are sorted out, but when you stand in court for a crime, then you can quickly say you are the breadwinner you cannot be put behind bars. I say to the goverment, it is time you arrest all these people that strike and keep them behind bars for a very long time. I also say, take the taxis off the road. Gangsters will be taking advantange of this situration today.

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-03-14 10:16

    Good get off the roads so we can have good days on the roads. All taxi drivers should strike. You all are a hazard to the rest of South Africa sel all your taxi's and start doing gardens or to proper work, o sorry black can't do anything proper.

  • ostuurman - 2011-03-14 10:19

    Its disturbing to see such empty minds early in the morning. Alwyn and Dougalan this has nothing to do with political parties but everything to do with everyone'ssafety.ANC and the DA are not the issues but you should rather accept the fact that the ANC will always be the rulling party.

      Enuff - 2011-03-14 10:39

      None as blind and he who willnot see! So we should just "accept" SA being run into the ground by corrupt, lawless thugs?

      Other Justin - 2011-03-14 13:39


  • Charles Kane - 2011-03-14 10:39

    The joke is on the government because ordinary people who rely on the taxis are LESS likely to support the ANC when things like this happen. I have always voted ANC out of principle but I'm finished. I'm not voting for anyone and I am not alone.

      Enuff - 2011-03-14 10:47

      I reckon a "no vote" is better than an ANC vote, but some say a spoiled vote is better than a no vote. Personally don't understand how (excuse my ignorance) maybe someone can enlighten me???

      DW - 2011-03-14 12:06

      @ Enuff - a "no vote" shows you simply dont care or couldnt be bothered to vote. A spoiled vote shows that you want to vote but dont agree with any party.

      rix.wallace - 2011-03-14 14:52

      @ DW... spot on

      Wesley - 2011-03-16 11:24

      ANC on Principle,What principle is that?

  • jdeeathome - 2011-03-14 10:47

    does that mean i can drive on the road safely today and watch the pedestrians not have to dodge taxis on the paving

  • jdeeathome - 2011-03-14 10:58

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  • Ronel - 2011-03-14 11:04

    I totally agree. We hate taxi's. Why are they striking again???? Give it a few days, other provinces must strike too