'They are using municipal buses to block routes around the city'

Tshwane Metro bus drivers affiliated to Samwu (South African Municipal Workers' Union) are blocking off major routes in the CBD on Monday morning.

The bus drivers are demanding an 18% pay increase.

RELATED: Protesters prepare to march to Union Building over service delivery grievances

To discuss the strike, Bongani Bingwa chats to City of Tshwane Roads and Transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge.

We were made aware last week already that there will be some protest action in the city regarding the 18% salary increase applied across the board. What we did as the department over the weekend was to inform all our commuters that our services would be affected.

Sheila Senkubuge, Roads and Transport MMC - City of Tshwane

Commuters are aware of this protest and the delays affecting different routes, she adds.

What then unfortunately happened, is that some of our workers at the depot managed to get the depot keys, took out municipal buses to aid the strike that is taking place today. Now they are using municipal buses to block routes around the city

Sheila Senkubuge, Roads and Transport MMC - City of Tshwane

Senkubuge says law enforcement agencies have been alerted in order to get busses that are blocking routes towed.

Listen below to the full interview:


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