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Bus strike leaves Easter travellers stranded and anxious

13 April 2017 5:01 PM
Mini bus taxis say they are overwhelmed with the amount of commuters traveling this long weekend as a result of the bus strike.

A nationwide bus strike has left many South African's stranded and extremely inconvenienced.

EWN Reporter, Thando Kubheka spent Thursday morning at a bus terminal at Park Station in Johannesburg.

There were very long lines, people waiting to be assisted. I got the sense that people were very anxious of course, trying to secure those last minute bus tickets, if any in order to get to their various destinations across the country.

Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter

We know that most people are planning to go on their Easter holidays, so you can imagine the rush that is at Park Station today.

Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter

I spoke to another man who is actually taking part in the Two Oceans Marathon. He has to be in Cape Town by 7pm tonight. He is worried that he may not make it.

Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter

Kubheka says many have opted to make alternative plans like using mini bus taxi and lifts. She adds that many of these commuters are highly frustrated because they had planned for the long weekend trips way ahead in advance even buying their tickets early.

Kubheka also say there is criticism about the timing of the strike.

Taxi drivers were saying they have to deal with more than usual, there's too many passengers for them to carry. They're actually worried that they can't accommodate so many people.

Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter

Also read: Countrywide bus strike set to continue after talks stall again

Kubheka says she also spoke to a few bus companies who said they have refunded some of the commuters.

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13 April 2017 5:01 PM