Satawu backs bus operators

The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union has shown support for a legal bid to force...

A metro bus in the Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

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The Southern African Bus Operators Association has taken the Transport Department to court over unpaid subsidies.

SABOA launched an urgent application in the Pretoria High Court last week.

The matter is expected to be heard on Thursday.

Unions have threatened to strike if the legal action fails.

They have also warned that services will be halted if the state does not pay up.

SATAWU’s Randall Howard says bus operators are struggling to pay their staff wages.

“We’re hoping that the court finds in favour of SABOA, compel our government and the relevant departments to pay the money so that we can avert the national crisis.”