JMPD: Taxis cannot block off highways

The JMPD says striking taxi drivers do not have permission to embark on a drive-slow.

The JMPD says striking taxi drivers do not have permission to embark on a drive-slow on Gauteng highways. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) say taxi drivers involved in today's strike over operating permits and e-tolls do not have permission to embark on go-slows on major highways.

Hundreds of commuters have been left stranded this morning as members of the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) have announced that they will not be operating.

There have been reports of taxis blocking off the N1 Highway toward Pretoria and parts of the N3 Highway.

Members of the NTA are making their way to Transport minister Dipuo Peters, to hand over a memorandum of demands.

JMPD's Edna Mamonyane says, "We've asked that the drivers go towards Pretoria because they don't have permission to blockade the freeways."

INTIMIDATION

Reports are also emerging of non-striking taxi drivers being pulled over by their colleagues and forced to abandon passengers.

NTA spokesperson Theo Malele has condemned these actions.

"The protest march is a peaceful one. No one has the right to intimidate another person if they don't share the same view."

The Germiston taxi rank is without any taxis during a taxi driver protest on 3 February 2014. Picture:@Masechaba89 via Twitter.

The Bree Street taxi rank in Johannesburg CBD is without any taxis during a taxi driver protest on 3 February 2014. Picture: @Mokgomogne via Twitter.