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Cape taxi groups up in arms over MyCiti bus route

The group wouldn't budge until their list of written grievances was handed over to the transport minister.

Traffic officials block a group of taxi drivers near Parliament on 20 November 2014. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Taxi associations from the Southern Suburbs in Cape Town have picketed near Parliament, calling for an end to a proposed MyCiti bus route in the area.

The group was stopped by traffic officials before they could reach Parliament but would not budge until their list of written grievances was handed over to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

Several taxis were lined up a few metres near the doors of Parliament, with taxi drivers refusing to budge until their issues regarding a proposed MyCiti bus route in the Wynberg and Plumstead areas were heard.

Retreat Taxi Association's Sulaiman Brenner says the MyCiti route is a threat to his livelihood.

"It isn't creating jobs, it is actually taking away jobs."

The list of grievances has been handed over to an official in the transport ministry, who says the minister will respond in due course.