- A taxi strike in Cape Town has caused heavy congestion on the N2 highway.
- Three buses have been torched in the protest action.
- Taxi operators are striking over the impoundment of taxis and other grievances.
A taxi strike in Cape Town caused major backlogs on the N2 highway on Thursday morning.
In addition, three Golden Arrow buses were torched in protest action in Nyanga, Bloekombos and Mitchells Plain, according to Golden Arrow Bus Services spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer.
Taxi operators obstructed the thoroughfare into the city centre at Mew Way, City of Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson Richard Coleman added.
Taxi associations affiliated to the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) and Cape Organisation for the Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta) have embarked on the strike.
Taxi operators will march to Premier Alan Winde's office to voice their grievances over the impoundment of taxis and other issues affecting the industry, CATA spokesperson Mandla Hermanus said.
He added that around 2 000 taxi operators, departing from Nyanga and Khayelitsha, are expected to take part in the strike.
Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said the City approved the protest action for Thursday.
"Taxi associations for CATA and Codeta intend to march from Hanover Street to the provincial legislature in Wale Street. Multiple safety risks have arisen from the protest and the City's enforcement agencies, together with the South African Police Service (SAPS), have activated their response plan to protect commuters using public transport," Smith said.
He added that there were reports of buses set alight in Nyanga, as well as reports of taxis blocking the N2 in Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein.
Dyke-Beyer added that in addition to the damage to Golden Arrow buses, passengers were injured. They are receiving treatment. No further details were available at the time of publication.
"We will be keeping a very close eye on the scene across Cape Town," Dyke-Beyer said.
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