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[LISTEN] Gauteng and Western Cape taxi drivers 'anxious' about lockdown

24 March 2020 1:28 PM
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EWN reporter Bonga Dlulane visited a taxi rank in Johannesburg to hear their concerns as well as that of commuters.

Taxi drivers and taxi owners have raised concern over the scheduled three week lockdown saying they have received no communication from government in regards to a bailout.

The lockdown will start from midnight on Thursday 26 March until midnight on Thursday 16 April.

Eyewitness News reporter Bonga Dlulane visited a Johannesburg taxi rank on Tuesday to get reaction.

Dlulane says some owners and drivers are worried that business may decline and that they will miss their their monthly bank payments.

You must remember taxi's are not formalised, they don't really have a formalised structure where they pay tax all individually. Right now they are scared about what will happen in the next three weeks because most of their passengers will be on lockdown.

Bonga Dlulane, Reporter - EWN

Passengers have also shared their anxieties.

They saying that they worried about their jobs and worried if their bosses will understand. They have no formal long contracts and worried about what will happen.

Bonga Dlulane, Reporter - EWN

Eyewitness News reporter Lizelle Persens spoke to taxi drivers and residents in Wynberg, Cape Town.

She says as expected, some people are also anxious.

What people are saying over here is that they know, yes, there will be enough food supplies, yes, that government will assist the vulnerable where they can but of course if you are considering tax drivers, they are stressed.

Lizelle Persens, Reporter - EWN

Also speaking to some homeless people, they are hoping that the government will indeed have their back.

Lizelle Persens, Reporter - EWN

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24 March 2020 1:28 PM
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Taxi drivers
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Lockdown
Coronavirus in South Africa
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21-day lockdown
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