Tshwane buses back on the road

Samwu drivers went on strike last week Friday.

An A Re Yeng bus. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - The Tshwane Municipality says it's bus service is back in operation while talks continue with drivers who embarked on an illegal strike.

Drivers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) downed tools last Friday.

Earlier this week the Labour Court ordered the employees to return to work immediately.

The municipality's Selby Bokaba says drivers started returning to work yesterday and by this morning the service was fully operational.

"We have agreed to engage further with the union Samwu. We have been engaging with them for the past three weeks or so, so we were caught unaware by their behaviour because the negotiations have been ongoing."

The drivers raised grievances related to the privately-operated A Re Yeng bus rapid transit system.

The Tshwane bus service has for years been plagued by regular unprotected strikes.