Members of South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) embarked on a strike in Ekurhuleni to demand the resignation of Mayor Mzwandile Masina.
City of Ekhurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe acknowledged a memorandum handed over by the taxi association members at the City Council Chambers.
Gadebe commended the striking taxi drivers for a peaceful march and thanked them for not causing disruption within the city.
There were no disruptions that we have experienced in the City except on the N3 towards Germiston where the march was taking place.— Themba Gadebe, City of Ekhurhuleni spokesperson
The march is now over and people have dispersed, it is business as usual.— Themba Gadebe, City of Ekhurhuleni spokesperson
Gadebe says it came as shock that the associations are complaining about the state of the roads within the city because they have been having regular meetings with them and those issues were never raised.
He says the City will be responding to the memorandum in 30 days as stipulated.
We are fixing roads on a daily basis. A number of roads are currently under construction...— Themba Gadebe, City of Ekhurhuleni spokesperson
Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesman, Kobeli Mokheseng confirmed that the strike was a peaceful one and the protesters dispersed peacefully just before midday.
He says no arrests were made and believes commuters will have a safe travel home in the afternoon.
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