City warns commuters of potential taxi protest action across Tshwane

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The City has learnt of further potential disruptions across the City’s roads by individual taxi drivers today, 2 September 2019. The decision to embark on protest action was allegedly taken at the funeral service for slain taxi driver, Jabu Baloyi, yesterday in Soshanguve.

This is in addition to the threatened strike and protest action by truck drivers that may be experienced across the country.

Tshwane City Acting MMC for Roads and Transport, Ms Karen Meyer, said “should the intended protest action proceed, it is likely that the entire City will be affected. However, specific risk areas include Menlyn and the Pretoria Central Business District, with Sunnyside in particular expected to be at the centre of disruptions.

“According to our information, the threatened protest action does not have the support or backing of taxi owners or associations. The City also calls on taxi owners and associations to engage their drivers and ensure orderly business operations today,” she said.

She said the local, provincial and national spheres of government are aware of the potential disruptions and are continuously engaging with the various stakeholders in the transport sectors. Law enforcement agencies are also continuously monitoring the situation and are prepared.

“The City condemns any criminal behavior and will ensure that its law enforcement agencies act decisively to curb any lawlessness.

“Commuters are advised to monitor local media outlets for developments throughout the day and take the necessary precautions or use alternative routes to avoid road closures, traffic congestion and public transport service disruptions,” Ms Meyer said.