Alexandra taxis back on the road on Tuesday after commuters left stranded

Commuters were left stranded on Monday after taxis operating in the Southern suburbs of Johannesburg embarked on a strike.

The Alexandra Taxi Association suspended its service for the morning, after 500 taxis were impounded by the Johannesburg Metro Police for not being roadworthy over the weekend.

EWN reporter Mia Lindeque says there was a great deal of anger and frustration from commuters in Alexandra this morning.

She says some of the commuters complained of being late to work.

The irony is that you would see taxis lined up on the streets but the drivers are just nowhere.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Lindeque says the taxi owners have gathered at the JMPD offices to speak with the management. They are saying this is not the first time that the taxis are impounded and they have to pay thousands to release them and now they want to sort out this matter once and for all.

Alexandra Taxi Association spokesperson Jabulani Ntshangase says the JMPD officers remove the vehicle disk instead of issuing tickets to drivers, meaning the taxi will no longer have a valid licence disk, which is an offence.

After a week they go back to that road knowing very well there is a car without a disk, with the intention of impounding that car.

Jabulani Ntshangase, Alexandra Taxi Association spokesperson

If the driver is wrong, don't take out the disk but issue a ticket. They are not supposed to punish me as the owner.

Jabulani Ntshangase, Alexandra Taxi Association spokesperson

According to Ntshangase, the taxis will be back on the road tomorrow morning.

To hear the rest of the interviews on taxi strikes, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Alexandra taxis back on the road on Tuesday after commuters left stranded


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