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Gautrain commuters left stranded

Gautrain bus drivers are demanding a paid 1-hour lunch break. They currently receive a 20-minute unpaid slot.

The Gautrain. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - A one-hour go slow has left many Gautrain commuters in the lurch this evening.

Gautrain bus drivers are demanding a paid one-hour lunch break as they currently receive a 20-minute unpaid slot.

Despite Gautrain indicating that it was open to discussions, drivers announced shortly before 5pm that they would be taking a lunch break of their own.

One commuter says while he could make alternative arrangements to travel home, many commuters were left stranded at the Centurion Station.

"I had to call my parents to pick me up from the station but there are other commuters who have to wait for an hour until the buses come get them."

Gautrain spokesperson, Ian Finley, has apologised to commuters for the inconvenience.

"Bus drivers announced they are on lunch break from 5pm - 6pm. We did not anticipate this and we apologise to our customers."