IN PICTURES: Chaos in Joburg as taxis block major roads

By Nombulelo Manyana
15 June 2017

The protest is expected to be over by 15:00 on Thursday.

Commuters were caught up in hours-long traffic jams as a massive taxi strike brought parts of Johannesburg to a halt on Thursday morning.

The #TaxiStrike blocked the N1, N3 and N12. The blockade prevented bus drivers getting to work‚ also affecting commuters using the Gautrain.

Traffic authorities have urged motorists to be patient as the planned taxi protest makes its way through national roads in Gauteng. Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told News24, taxi drivers hijacked trucks to block the Allendale offramp. "This started at around 3am. I cannot confirm any injuries. I can confirm taxi drivers hijacked trucks to block the freeway at Allendale off ramp." Minnaar said the taxi drivers were making their way to the SA Taxi finance offices and it is in fact a legal gathering.

According to Timeslive, Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi urged parents to keep their children home for their own safety.

“For the sake of the safety of the children the Department believes that all precautionary measures should be taken to keep our children safe‚” the department said in a statement.

Additional sources: News24 Wire. TimesLive.

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