Hopeful commuters wait for buses despite strike

Commuters at Park Station are still hoping they will be able to catch a bus despite the ongoing strike.

Empty busses leaving the Bosman bus station. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Commuters at Park Station are still hoping that they will be able to catch a bus despite the ongoing strike.

Bus drivers affiliated to various union downed tools on Wednesday morning after the unions and employers failed to reach an agreement during wage negotiations.

There is still no sign of City to City, Translux or Grey Hound buses at the Park Station.

Commuters have been making frequent enquiries with the various bus companies. However, the attendants have been sending people away saying they did not know when or whether a bus would arrive.

One commuter says he needs to be at work in Durban on Wednesday evening.

“The drivers are striking for better salaries, I guess we’ll have to go along with them despite the inconvenience.”

A woman says she travelled from Zimbabwe through the night and was hoping to take on the second leg of her journey to Cape Town.

“I’m very disappointed.”

While some commuters make their way to catch taxis and other alternative transport, some travellers have no intention to leave as they lie on the floor with their blankets.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)