ECape taxi strike on Friday expected to affect many


Taxi associations across the Eastern Cape are expected to embark on a province-wide protest that is expected to affect many commuters especially in the Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City metros.

Marches are planned in different taxi ranks all over the Eastern Cape while other taxi association members will be marching to the Office of the Premier in Bisho.

The march will also be affecting the Algoa buses and train users, some schools have assured that they will make means for students using the public transport to get to school on Friday.

Provincial Secretary of Santaco, Siyanda Mbanjwa, confirmed this on Thursday. He added that the aim of the strike is towards the government, although it will have a negative impact on public transport users.

“We have been trying to engage with the department but with no vail, in relation to issuing of operation licences,” said Mbanjwa.

The initial protest was supposed to take place on Wednesday, but they only received permission to strike on Friday.

On Thursday, the BorderKei Business Chamber released a statement warning its members about the planned strike;

The latest update regarding the purported taxi association protest taking place tomorrow, 10/06/2016 from Buffalo City Metro (BCM) is that it has not been authorised within the BCM and at this time is still hearsay. However, should there be protest action tomorrow, no workers or scholars will be transported and the most likely affected areas will be the following roads:

  • N6 outside East London
  • N2 (East London to King Williams Town)
  • R72
  • Voortrekker Road outside Mdantsane

BCM have stated that SAPS will be on patrol from tomorrow morning at 4am and should any vehicles be blocking traffic, will be towed away.

We encourage members to remain optimistic and leave matters to the authorities.

Image courtesy of the journalism Dept at the Durban University of Technology.