Hammanskraal taxi strike leaves commuters stranded

Tshwane's MMC for Roads and Transport, Sheila Senkubuge, says the city is in talks with taxi operators to end disruptions to public transport services between Hammanskraal and the CBD.

Taxi drivers have threatened to leave commuters stranded if their dispute over a drop-off agreement between the city and taxi associations is not resolved.

Drivers say they have been left out of an agreement that would see them charge a fare of R17 per trip to Wonderboom Junction a stop from the R24 trip into the CBD that they are now barred from doing.

A taxi association office in Hammanskraal was set alight on Wednesday when bus commuters clashed with taxi drivers.

Senkubuge says commuters cannot be inconvenienced and that her department will look to law enforcement to intervene.

From the day of the strike, we sat down with taxi operators because they have now reneged on the agreement and have refused to drop off passengers.

Sheila Senkubuge, Tshwane MMC for Roads and Transport

We have had to meet with the commuters, find out what their issues are. Meet with the taxi drivers because they are saying they were short changed and that the owners didn't give them the money from that R300 000 each owner received.

Sheila Senkubuge, Tshwane MMC for Roads and Transport

We have had to go back, look at the agreement and tell them this is a legal document, they cannot pull back on it. We are going to enforce law enforcement to make sure they drop off in town and that the commuters are given the transport that they need.

Sheila Senkubuge, Tshwane MMC for Roads and Transport

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