Taxi commuters worried over taxi fare increase
Durban taxi commuters have expressed their griefs following SANTACO’s decision to increase the taxi fares from the 1st of July 2020.
Commuters say that their biggest concern is the financial strains that they are suffering from as a result of the lockdown limitations. Many complain about not being able to afford additional finances on top of the ones they are already struggling to maintain.
Olwethu Thushini, a commuter from Umlazi, said that she is unable to buy proper groceries to last her family through the month because her employer did not pay her during the lockdown, and she is now in debt from borrowing money to make ends meet.
“I am in so much financial debt because of the lockdown and now I have to worry about extra taxi fares, I am so disappointed in our people for allowing this to happen at such a difficult time,” said Thushini
SANTACO’s Provincial Secretary, Sfiso Shangase, said that the increase of the taxi fares is not related to the Covid-19 pandemic and issues surrounding it.
“We empathise with the people on this matter, but we cannot stop the increase from happening because we are also dependent on the increase to take care of our families and be able to afford our needs in this high cost of living”.