Thousands of commuters in Johannesburg, Midrand and Tshwane have been left stranded as taxis embark on a strike blocking main routes.
Some commuters report being forcefully taken off buses while traveling to work by the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) members.
Santaco says its members have been hard hit by the high interest rate of 28% on vehicle finance, which is R15 000 per month over 72 months.
Chief Operating Officer of Taxi Choice (Business arm of Santaco), Thulani Qwabe says it was not part of the association's plan to blockade the roads and cause chaos.
We have information that there has been a blockade and we are working with JMPD to resolve the situation as soon as possible.— Thulani Qwabe, Chief Operating Officer of Taxi Choice
It is not part of our plan to be violent and cause chaos, our intention is to march and raise our concerns.— Thulani Qwabe, Chief Operating Officer of Taxi Choice
Qwabe denied that it is members of the association who are causing chaos all across Gauteng saying everyone was warned before hand of the strike.
Acting Gauteng Police Commissioner Eric Nkuna says about 18 taxis that were blocking the roads have been confiscated. He urged Qwabe to talk to members of the taxi association to stop blocking the roads.
He says they are currently focusing on hotspots and they did not anticipate the chaos to be run across the whole province.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Chaos erupts as #TaxiStrike shuts down major routes in Gauteng