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EC govt yet to broker a deal with striking taxi operators

The strike left hundreds of commuters stranded and forced the Education Department to postpone exams.

FILE: A police officer clears debris following a protest by taxi operators in Uitenhage on 10 June 2016. Pidture: @SAPoliceService via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape government is yet to broker a deal with taxi operators over a permit related dispute.

South Africa National Taxi Council (Santaco) affiliated taxi drivers and owners caused a standstill in several Eastern Cape towns yesterday blocking major roads.

The strike left hundreds of commuters stranded and forced the Education Department to postpone exams because learners could not be ferried to school.

Eastern Cape spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo says the premier has a follow up meeting with Santaco leadership today.

"The premier has committed to discuss and find solutions to the problem. They made allegations during the meeting with the premier accusing the Department of Transport of not giving operators permits and only prioritising bus owners."

Eighteen people were arrested on arson, public violence and malicious damage to property charges.