Taxi strike in Durban

2012-05-29 13:53

Durban - Minibus taxi operators and drivers have resolved to go on strike after a meeting in Durban on Tuesday.

"Taxis will not operate until further notice," KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance chairperson Eugene Hadebe said.

Drivers first went on strike on May 17 complaining that Durban metro police were targeting them when issuing traffic fines. They handed a memorandum to the eThekwini municipality, but had not received a response since they called off the strike on May 20.

There was a strong police presence when taxi operators and drivers gathered in Durban on Tuesday. Hadebe advised commuters to find other means of transport on Wednesday. Drivers and operators would not pose a threat to buses and trains, he said.

The taxi drivers want traffic tickets to be issued in isiZulu, and demand the cancellation of all warrants of arrest. They further seek an end to traffic enforcement during morning and afternoon peak hours.

Other demands include that no Indians or whites write tickets because some taxi drivers do not speak English, and that drivers be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere.

During earlier protests 60 people were arrested for public violence. Forty-six of them appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court last Monday and were released on bail of R1 500 each. The others were released without being charged.

  • Jon - 2012-05-29 14:03

    uhhhhhmmmmmmmm ok. i also want...... what else can they think off?

      procold2 - 2012-05-29 15:56


      Rob - 2012-05-29 16:31

      They should not be negotiating until ALL outstanding fines are paid up. To hell with these b@stards. They have so much death on their hands already, from accidents & " hits. " Durban should fight back against these low life's, who think they are untouchable & can dictate to the municipality. Let them suffer & lose income & if they use force & violence it must be met by even more force & violence from police. This is a great opportunity to put these thugs in their place once & for all !

      Squeegee - 2012-05-29 18:18

      Great. I'm going down for the Comrades. Be great without these killers on the road.

  • thasmeel.singh - 2012-05-29 14:04

    hmm, should be a nice day in durban then. no taxis to dodge. yay!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-29 14:23

      Woohoo, that means we can also drive on the roads now!

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-05-29 14:08


      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-29 14:15

      You can write your learners in all 11 languages. And stop shouting.

  • Bob - 2012-05-29 14:11

    Call in the Army and take care of these pieces of rubbish! Since when can they dictate when they are wrong in the first place! The authorities are now going to confiscate licenses for drunken driving, speeding and reckless driving, yet the taxis do all these acts and more, but appear to be making themselves immune from prosecution! Oh, I forgot, the ANC is too busy worrying about a painting to action anything!

  • Deon - 2012-05-29 14:12

    How about cancelling a few permits for Taxi bosses? They strike for nonsense, just obey the law.

  • Nicolle - 2012-05-29 14:16

    All well to say the roads won't be busy and safer to drive on, without worrying about being cut off or rammed up the ass. What about laborers that need to get to work to get paid? No work no pay! Have they thought that far as to the inconvenience it's causing their own blood?

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-05-29 14:17

    Can u read in isizulu and cant understand English? Do these guys want Durban to look like Lagos,the latter is chaos!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-29 14:18

    maybe we normal motorists should also boycott, and demand that we will not return to work or drive cars until every single outstanding taxi fine has been paid. Of course this is also the perfect importunity for the citizens of Durban to prove that we don't really need taxi's anyway. let the rabble strike for as long as possible.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-05-29 14:19

    I wish I was driving in Durban the roads are much safe without them.

  • Steve - 2012-05-29 14:22

    Its time for commuters to show their anger and stone the taxi !!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-29 14:26

      And march on the offices...

  • Steve - 2012-05-29 14:24

    How racist . Then your commuters cant be white or indian ? : go figure.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-29 14:24

    I say HELL TO THE NO,,,road blocks on each corner. And tickets must be issued in latin. And let the SAPS take over from metro. That will stop there farting in public places.

  • TheMonk - 2012-05-29 14:27

    This is the best news. Don't give in to their demands. Maybe they will stay off the roads permanently. Guys, if you going to agree to their demands, then remember I want a new AMG SL something Merc. If you don't accede to my demands, I am going to become a taxi driver.

  • nkulu.bgumede - 2012-05-29 14:28

    does this also apply to indian and coloured taxi drivers... i mean that they cant speak english too? ive got a solution, can the government teach the white and indian cops how to read, write and speak isizulu? problem solved!!!

  • Jan - 2012-05-29 14:31

    Complete and utterly madness!

  • tom.vorster - 2012-05-29 14:34

    Think we should just change the name of eThekweni to Mogadishu. Who needs law & order anyway.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-29 14:34

    What a joke, all that the authorities must do is refuse to comply. The taxis will soon strike themselves into hunger and let us see how fast they are back on the streets.

  • Lee - 2012-05-29 14:38

    I agree that too many Taxi permits are out their so they are now over populating the roads and causing havoc. There should be a limit.

  • Piet - 2012-05-29 14:42


  • Phiwo - 2012-05-29 14:43

    Are they serious? Ha! Ha!

  • devon.comaroff - 2012-05-29 14:43

    I still don't get it ... they're striking because its unfair that they get punished for disobeying the rules of the road? Does peak hour traffic carry a different set of rules? WTF

  • johann.serfontein - 2012-05-29 14:52

    Dear SAPA, please go read your labour legislation. A strike is a protest action against an employer. A protest action against police and the city is a PROTEST ACTION, not a strike. Please get your terminology right if you want us to take you seriously.

      malcolm.dale - 2012-05-29 15:06

      I would suggest that the correct terminology here is CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE and thus should be treated as such.

      johann.serfontein - 2012-05-29 17:21

      Maybe we should just educate the taxi driver's to the right terminology. But it would probably be easier to get them to follow the laws of the road than to do that.

  • Nkos - 2012-05-29 14:55

    Its their barbaric behaviour that makes me angry and they think they own the roads,they can go on strike for the whole year for all I care*NX!!! Aaaaghah

  • Ashley - 2012-05-29 15:07

    all i can say is, the taxi's are not doing us a favour, if they adhere to the rules of the road, they wouldnt be pulled of, we all drive in traffic, yet cos we drive in a civilised manner, we dont get pulled of, this is exaclty what we need to teach these taxi drivers a lesson, that we do not bow down to them, and they need the commuters and not the other way around, i have a 5 seater car, so until further notice if anyone needs a lift from umhalnga to phoenix industrial park, hit me up, lets keep the taxis of the streets, and make durban a safer place..... true story

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-29 15:13

    How do you as the president of this country look at this mess, all the protests, poor service delivery, corruption etc and then think to yourself you're doing a good job?

      johann.serfontein - 2012-05-29 17:10

      In short, he isn't looking at all that. He's more concerned about his dignity being attacked by gallery exhibitions and whether he has enoguh support to stay in charge after mangaung...

  • Zinhle - 2012-05-29 16:13

    when these drivers go on strike they block the roads, last time I got home at 19H00 instead of the normal 17H00. Can the traffic officers pls help us in stopping them from blocking the roads. Fine them if u hev 2.

  • Dorain - 2012-05-29 16:21

    If government accepts this then SA has no law and this will cause more car deaths due 2 no road rules n regulations

  • mbonyathi - 2012-05-29 16:38

    if the taxi drivers can they why cant we lay our own demands!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-29 18:15

    A well planed military intervention is required here, across the board arrests and removal of every single taxi from the roads, checked for licenses and released only after the owner picks it up with proof that all outstanding fines are paid for every taxi. At the same time all taxis must be checked for licenses and road worthiness. Failing this sell it for scrap. The price for metal on the open market will be a great capital return for government, and the payment of outstanding fines will be a fantastic income bonanza for the province and will more than pay the cost of the military intervention.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-29 18:16

      It could also check the operational standards of the SANDF, it will be interesting to see if they could pull such an operation off. Wondering?

  • Deepchund - 2012-05-29 18:20

    If the taxi industry want to strike, let them go ahead. The authorities must ensure other forms of public transport are not intimidated by lawless thugs. If necessary, the army must be deployed to maintain law and order.

  • p.leonard.78 - 2012-05-29 21:47

    Pathetic bunch of .........(Fill your own words in there). These damands are deliberately removing law and order, if any of their family members are ever hurt by a \regular motorist\ they want the world of laws to prosecute, however they are \demanding\ no laws to apply to them. Wake up people, if everyone just bitches about it and does nothing, nothing will ever improve, TAXI'S ARE THE MINORITY!! THE MAJORITY MUST stand together and take our roads back and restore law and order and make South Africa the country to be desired, not hated!! We are driving racial devisions further with this senseless crap! Far too much chaos has been allowed already, simply enforce our laws properly with KZN ZERO TOLLERANCE and peace will prevail!!

  • lungelo.gumede2 - 2012-05-30 07:18

    Well all I see here is ppl against taxi drivers. Well when the securities striked I never saw no military what what being enforced. Now just because its drivers you'll want the army invovled? Anyone staying in durban and has been on west street will know the problem here. Buses and mayna have stops that are ON THE ROAD not in a parking. You never see them getting fined for jack!!! Warranties are for all mobile transport but in durban its EXCLUSIVELY for taxi's. I was in a taxi recently and the police asked the driver \WHAT DOES PDP stand for?\ As is that was not an insult. Metro don't even have PDP. In durban there are parkades all over for car but there's one spot for \TAXIS(mind you not buses)\ at bears and Field. Infact at bears there's a bus stop which is ON THE ROAD. Like I said, if you live in durban you will understand the problem. So much for you guys asking for the army. Mcm I'm not a taxi driver but I know their problem.

      Gerald - 2012-05-30 08:34

      Lungelo.gumede2 Do you know what crap you are talking. Metro do NOT need PDP and taxi drivers MUST have one so that must know what PDP is.Tell me where do you want busses to stop if not ON THE ROAD. The Busses and Mayna Busses stop at designated stops only not anywhere any time. You want to get on a bus go must go to a bus stop not just stick your finger in the air.It is not only Durban that has the taxi problem. Taxi drivers MUST obey the laws of the road the same as anybody else.

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