Taxi Strike Recently Brought Cape Town Traffic to a Halt

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SANTACO introduced that it had agreed to maneuver ahead with a city-wide strike. What adopted was the blockading of important roads and routes that introduced Cape City’s site visitors to a grinding halt. 

Tensions have reached a boiling level following heated interactions between police and taxi drivers. Following a rash of taxis impounded by the police, the South African Nationwide Taxi Council (SANTACO) responded by stating that it might instantly enact a Provincial vast stay-away till the ninth of August. Later within the day, a myriad of taxis took to the N2 to kind a blockade in an try to public transport operations throughout peak hours. 

“The brutality that police & site visitors officers of @CityofCT meted on our drivers and automobiles yesterday is a continuation of what seems to be their mission to do away with the operation of taxis in CT. Sadly, commuters are but once more on the receiving finish of presidency’s discrimination in direction of our trade.” – SANTACO

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This resulted in gridlocked site visitors throughout Cape City and allowed opportunists to break public transport automobiles, with some situations of buses being set alight alongside one ambulance van being struck with a petroleum bomb whereas it was carrying sufferers. Motorists throughout Cape City have been topic to hours of site visitors and navigation apps displaying a sea of purple. 

A number of political figures have publicly condemned the actions and responses of the SANTACO and its drivers. Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis commented on the current strike: “I strongly condemn the violence linked to the SANTACO strike. We gained’t tolerate disruption and can maintain perpetrators accountable for public violence and damages. We’ll shield commuters and non-striking operators from intimidation. I urge SANTACO and all taxi operators to return to the negotiations in order that we will resolve any points in a peaceable method, within the curiosity of all operators and of commuters.” 

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As of the 4th of August, the next roads within the Cape City space are closed or are affected by the continuing strike:

  • N2: Closed by Somerset West 
  • N7 Freeway: Closed reverse Dunoon

Alongside these street closures is a spate of situations of violence and unrest. Motorists are urged to be weary on the roads and regulate altering street circumstances out there on platforms reminiscent of TrafficSA. 

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