Taxi protests not industry-led: Santaco

2012-05-14 12:45

Johannesburg - The Johannesburg taxi operators' protest is not led by the taxi industry, the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said on Monday.

Spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa said they were aware of the protest, although 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 disks 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 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.

  • Kala - 2012-05-14 13:02

    A strike nobody knows anything knew was taking place Nobody knows what the strike is about. Nobody knows who is leading the strike. Nobody can say how long it will go on for. What a meaningless article. I could have written something similar from my desk in KZN. Why don't reporters ask a striking taxi driver for some information instead of guessing the facts.

  • Farmworker - 2012-05-14 13:06

    What is the reason for removing disks, I am sure law officers are not doing that for fun

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-14 13:42

    Didn't go to work because of this damn strike

      Nosiphom - 2012-05-14 15:04

      use BRT dear!

  • Judith - 2012-05-14 13:57

    This strike has negatively affected people working outside Soweto and is a criminal action. The taxi operators should be held liable for lost salaries and wages

  • pmotswai - 2012-05-14 14:21

    i got @work @10:30 our taxi was turned back by some guys it was very bad i had to use train then a bus

  • Lesley - 2012-05-14 16:30

    I agree with Kala .What ,where , why and for how long ? My Gr 10 could have done a better reporting job!

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