Taxi drivers go on strike in JHB

Police are on the scene of what's believed to be a taxi strike in the Johannesburg CBD.

Several roads leading to the office of Premier David Makhura's have been blocked off by taxi drivers in the Joburg CBD. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police are on the scene of what's believed to be a taxi strike in the Johannesburg CBD.

It's believed that taxi drivers are on their way to Gauteng Premier David Makhura's office.



Motorists have been urged to stay clear of the Marshalltown area.

Spokesperson Kay Makhubele says, "The police are monitoring the situation, but so far the reason behind the march is not unknown."

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) is appealing for patience in the city centre, where taxi drivers have been holding a mass protest.

Two rival taxi associations had blocked off Simmonds Street in an effort to force the government to intervene in their fight for the use of a route in Soweto.

Although the discussions have since ended, taken traffic around the area is still deadlocked.

JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane says, "We were concerned because it's peak hour and the traffic that leaves the Johannesburg CBD is very hectic."

DISPUTES OVER ROUTES BEHIND TAXI STRIKE

Meanwhile, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismael Vadi says this afternoon's protest by taxi drivers was sparked by disputes over routes.

Vadi says there has been long standing conflict between the Nanduwe and Wata taxi associations.

He's also confirmed the matter is before court.

"The allegation is that Wata has been infringing on the routes of Nanduwe and the matter has gone to court.

"There's a court order which says the department should have section 25 hearing which is to look into a mediation process and also a section 79 hearing in which the department can make a final decision."