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No planned taxi strike for Tuesday, says Santaco

JOHANNESBURG – Taxi association Santaco says there is no planned strike on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Thabiso Molelekwa says the shutdown was planned for Monday only.

He says the intimidation Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula experienced in Soshanguve while attempting to address protesters, shows how angry and frustrated taxi operators are.

READ: Mbalula rushed away from Tshwane visit

Thousands of commuters were left stranded on Monday as taxi drivers went on strike to demand more coronavirus relief funding.

Taxis have been limited to 70 percent capacity under social distancing measures imposed since the start of a strict anti-coronavirus lockdown on 27 March. 

Santaco on Friday called for a shutdown of services after Mbalula announced a R1.1-billion relief payment to registered taxi operators.

READ: Santaco says relief fund insufficient

Dozens of taxi drivers parked their white minibuses across roads on Monday and barred commuters from seeking alternative forms of transport.

Santaco condemned the roadblocks and “intimidation of people” via Twitter, calling for the taxi industry to “demonstrate a peaceful shutdown”.

– Additional reporting AFP

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