A taxi strike is scheduled to go ahead in Pretoria on Wednesday, despite concerns over the impact this may have on school children who are writing their final exams.
Drivers will be delivering a memorandum of grievances to the National Department of Transport, as well as the Union Buildings.
Spokesperson for the National Taxi Alliance, Theo Malele, says among the grievances, are issues related to permits and traffic fines, lack of subsidy for the taxi industry, and legislation that does not allow for transformation in the industry.
We will start assembling at the old Putco depot in Marabastad. We anticipate to leave there at 11 o'clock and begin our protest march to the office of the ministry and thereafter go to the Presidency.— Theo Malele, spokesperson at the National Taxi Alliance
He says they have made numerous attempts to get hold of the transport ministry to no avail.
We had initially planned this action for the 19th of October and the minister called us into a meeting in which he undertook to meet with us within seven days. We gave him an ultimatum that within 14 days if you do not honor the agreement we will embark on this protest.— Theo Malele, spokesperson at the National Taxi Alliance
We left a message, hoping that the ministry would revert back to us, to date we have yet to receive that call.— Theo Malele, spokesperson at the National Taxi Alliance
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