Reports have started filtering in of several blockades by disgruntled taxi drivers with some visuals showing SANDF personnel assisting various law enforcement agencies.
With the hashtag #Taxistrike trending on Twitter, a number of incidents are being reported, with visuals of long queues for bus services also being shared.
Blockades are being reported in areas that include:
- The N17 towards Mabopane has been blockaded.
- Several streets in Pretoria.
- The Entrance to Erasmia on the R55 / M26 has been blocked off.
- The R55 in Centurion.
- The R80 in Soshanguve.
— Cleo Cleo (@MCleupas) June 22, 2020
The strike follows Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s announcement of a R1.135 billion Covid-19 relief fund for the transport industry, which taxi operators wanted a bigger share of. This demand was in light of the informal industry losing an estimated R25 million a day to lockdown regulations.
Some visuals are showing members of the SANDF assisting law enforcement agencies to open blockaded road.