Another Pretoria taxi strike next week

The Tshwane metro has confirmed a planned minibus taxi strike for next week following a social media rumour.

Mayoral spokesperson, Samkelo Maseko, said on Thursday: “We are fully aware of the planned demonstration but we will communicate in due course.”

The strike was organised by taxi drivers in Pretoria.

Speculation was rife on social media that the strike would be a week long.

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“Please take note that information indicates that taxi drivers are anticipated to embark on strike action in several areas in Pretoria from 18 to 22 September regarding grievances related to traffic fines,” the note circulating on social media read.

It was anticipated the areas affected would include Atteridgeville, Hammanskraal, Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, Soshanguve and Mamelodi.

The demonstrators were planning to assemble at the Union Buildings to present their memorandum.

Taxi drivers want the government to scrap their traffic fines which would allow them to renew their driver licences and passenger permits.

Motorists are warned to avoid the following roads:

– R104

– N4

– R513

– R101

– R513

– Lucas Mangope Road/M21

– R566

– Ruth First Road

– Hornsnek Road

– Hebron Road

– R80 in Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and Mabopane

– Tsamaya Avenue

– Stormvoel Road/M8

– N4 in Mamelodi

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said he would communicate further details soon.

But the Mabopane Winterveld Klipgat Taxi Association (Mawikta) said its drivers would not be allowed to proceed with the strike.

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“Passengers taking the Mabopane, Winterfeldt, Klipgat, Garankuwa and Pretoria route are advised that the planned strike from 18 to 22 September is illegal,” said Mawikta operational officer Louis Bokaba.

Bokaba said taxis would operate on those days.

“Taxi associations have informed law enforcement about the illegal strike so they can patrol all routes to ensure commuters are safe.”

 

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