DURBAN COMMUTERS LEFT STRANDED DURING TAXI STRIKE
By: Mhleli Mkhize
Day two and passengers are left stranded in Durban after Taxi associations’ downed tools.
A great number of taxi operators from the Durban taxi associations downed tools yesterday, saying that they were unhappy over eThekwini’s surprise decision to impound more than 300
of their vehicles.
South African National Taxi Council provincial spokesperson Yusuf Khaliva told Journalismiziko reporter that they are not prepared to work until they are given answers.
“We are afraid of working and having more taxis impounded and us having to pay more fines,” said Khaliva.
Earlier this year in May, a protest by taxi drivers turned violent in the Durban CBD after the metro police impounded minibuses belonging to the South African National Taxi
Phumlani Mkhize one of the taxi owners, who participated in the strike, said they have had enough with being mistreated and harassed by the authorities.
He said that police must release the taxi’s they have impounded or nobody will be able to go to work in Durban.
“As much as we sympathies with the commuters but we will not allow our dignity be ignored.
It is not our fault that these vehicles don’t have permits. We have been applying but officials at the offices are not doing anything about it,” Mkhize added.
Bright Cele an employee at Foto First in Musgrave who is also a taxi commuter said that it is really unfortunate that this has happened now some people will lose their employment.
“I understand what the taxi owners’ argument is but if they could at least draw up a strategy of having a portion of taxis working then not having the taxis working at all,” added Cele.