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newsSowetanLive reports that commuters are scared of the possibility of getting infected with the coronavirus after taxis began loading at full capacity and resumed inter-provincial travel on Monday.  

Long distance taxis began transporting passengers as early as 5am, most at 100% full capacity, defying government's lockdown regulations.  Commuters in Diepkloof, Soweto, said they faced a double-edged sword regarding the taxi industry's decision to do away with loading passengers at 70% capacity.  "I am happy that taxi drivers won't be striking anymore. I didn't go to work last week because there were no taxis. But I am also a bit scared because you don't know who has this virus and if you'll catch it," one commuter said.  But, taxi operators who have not been able to work for three months were relieved:  "We chose to put our taxis on the road because we are hungry and [transport minister Fikile] Mbalula is giving us the runaround. We are tired. Banks want their money and have started repossessing taxis. We do not have an option now."  While the majority of taxi ranks that Sowetan visited in Gauteng loaded their vehicles to full capacity, there were some associations which stuck with 70% capacity.  During the course of the day, law enforcement seemed soft as taxis they were not impounded when leaving Gauteng.  Meanwhile, clashes broke out between taxi drivers and the police in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tankiso Makhetha, Promise Marupeng and Penwell Dlamini at SowetanLive

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