PICS | Durban taxi operators down tools in protest against fines and arrests by Metro cops

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Taxi drivers lined the streets with rubbish at Umgeni Road.
Taxi drivers lined the streets with rubbish at Umgeni Road.
Thabiso Goba

Hundreds of commuters in Durban have been left stranded as taxi drivers closed off multiple busy roads during a protest on Thursday.

According to sources, the protest is over the taxi drivers' unhappiness with the constant fines and arrests from eThekwini Metro Police.

By 5 am, taxi drivers formed blockades on Warwick Avenue, West Street and Umgeni Road.

Sifiso Shangase, Kwazulu-Natal South African National Taxi Association spokesperson, said he was aware there had been growing tensions between Durban taxi drivers and law enforcement over operating permits.

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eThekwini Municipality staff cleaning up following taxi protests in Durban.
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The usually busy Umgeni Road was deserted after taxi drivers cordoned off the area.

Shangase said a lot of drivers complained they were being taken off the road by metro police over expired permits despite having documentation they were in line for a renewal.

“At this moment we don't know whether the strike was initiated by the drivers themselves or the owners and I will have to engage eThekwini leadership for that,” he said.

By 11.30 am police had started clearing the debris off the streets and opening routes.

Intra-city taxis and buses are still not operating.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

This is a developing story.

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