Following the Gauteng taxi strike, the Province’s Department of Education advised parents to leave their kids at home.
Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education acknowledged that learners are writing their June examinations. Nonetheless, he promised that none of the learners will be penalised for not making it to school due to the taxi strike, and assured that those writing examinations will be allowed to write later.
Children should stay at home as a safety precaution. “Please do not force matters. The safety of our learners comes first. No learner will be disadvantaged because of the taxi strike,” tweeted the MEC.
Already, taxi drivers affiliated to the SA National Taxi Association (Santaco) have embarked on protest actions on major routes in the province.
BuzzSouthAfrica has confirmed that the strike has affected the Province’s major highways like the N1, N3, N14 and Johannesburg’s M1. Presently, there are serious blockades on several major roads.
From our gatherings, the Gauteng taxi strike was inspired by Taxi operates’ dissatisfaction with the fees they are being charged when they purchase Toyota Quantum vehicles.
Meanwhile, traffic authorities asked motorists to be patient with the taxi drivers as they protest through the national roads.
The spokesperson of Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), Wayne Minnaar told News24 that the taxi drivers hijacked trucks to block the Allendale offramp.
“This started at around 3 am. I cannot confirm any injuries. (But,) I can confirm taxi drivers hijacked trucks to block the freeway at Allendale off ramp.
“They are making their way to Midrand. This protest is expected to be completed at 15:00. This is a legal gathering,” added Minnaar.
Presently, there’s a large crowd of taxi commuters who are stranded at taxi ranks in Johannesburg because of the strike.