Metred taxi drivers threaten to disrupt traffic flow again

After blocking roads to OR Tambo Airport, drivers of metered taxis have demanded to be addressed by government to hear their calls for cab-hailing app Uber to leave SA - or they will continue with traffic disruptions.

The metered taxi drivers obstructed traffic during an illegal go-slow on the R24 and R21 highways affecting those headed to various destinations.

EWN's Mia Lindeque says the drivers feel the taxi strike was a success and may employ the same tactics later this afternoon during peak hour traffic.

They have vowed to do the same this afternoon. They say they want government to address them, and that this is the only way yo get their attention.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Lindeque reports that the drivers are willing to camp out at OR Tambo Airport overnight and embark on another go-slow on Saturday.

They vowed to even sleep at OR Tambo and barricade the streets tomorrow until someone speaks to them.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Drivers want to be addressed by Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi after giving a memorandum demanding the banning of Uber in the country.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says it is unfortunate that protesting metered taxi drivers are inconveniencing and frustrating the very clients they are meant to serve.

Peters added that she is not even in the Guateng province and will be unable to address them, Lindeque explains.

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