Pedestrians in Pietermaritzburg ‘harassed, forced to take taxis’ by drivers

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Pedestrians and passengers alike allege that taxi drivers have been harassing them to forcefully use their services.
Pedestrians and passengers alike allege that taxi drivers have been harassing them to forcefully use their services.
Moeketsi Mamane

Allegations of harassment from various taxi drivers across the city have been brought forward by pedestrians and passengers alike, who are claiming that they are being forced to take taxis even after procuring their own transport services or even opting to walk.

These people who asked to remain unnamed have highlighted various instances where they have organised their own method of transport only to be stopped by taxi drivers who harass drivers for picking up workers, ordering these drivers to either make their passengers get out or pay a fee for transporting them.

“There was once an episode where a taxi driver and his staff member forcefully stopped us outside our workplace as we were loading into the vehicle and ordered the driver to pay him R500 for taking his business.

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