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protestBusinessLive reports that Gauteng commuters were left stranded on Wednesday when the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) blocked major highways and “hijacked” a metro bus to protest against the government’s non-implementation of a R1.14bn Covid-19 relief fund for the sector.  

The unregulated industry was among sectors heavily affected by the coronavirus as operators were initially allowed to operate only at set times and at 70% loading capacity for local operations, while interprovincial and cross-border operations were prohibited during the most stringent levels of lockdown.  The protest led to a number of taxi ranks and major routes being abandoned, including Germiston and the sprawling Alexandra taxi rank, which serves the financial hub of Sandton, among other areas.  There was a big traffic backlog between Soweto and Midrand on the N1 north freeway as scores of taxi operators slowly made their way to Tshwane, where they intended to march to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s office and to the Union Buildings to deliver their list of grievances.  Other major traffic obstructions were reported on the R80, N4, Mabopane and Atterbury road at Menlyn, Tshwane.  The Tshwane Bus Service tweeted that one of its buses “has been hijacked by taxi drivers”, and also noted that on other routes “passengers [were] kicked and forced out of the buses”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive

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