Metrorail services in several parts of Tshwane temporarily suspended

They are protesting against the issuing of enforcement tickets - which prevent them from renewing their public driver’s licenses.

A Metrorail train. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Metrorail services in several parts of Tshwane have been temporarily suspended on Wednesday morning due to a protest by taxi drivers.

Train tracks have been blocked with large rocks as operators from Mamelodi, Atteredgville, Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and the CBD prepare to march on the office of Mayor Solly Msimanga.

They are protesting against the issuing of enforcement tickets which prevent them from renewing their public driver’s licenses.

Metrorail's Lilian Mofokeng says: “We’re experiencing challenges between Mabopane and Soshanguve where there’s taxi protestors, they have actually blocked our railway tracks, making it unsafe and impossible for us to operate.

“We’re terminating our services along those lines and all our Mamelodi trains are actually turning back.”

Several roads have also been blocked, a Soshanguve resident says he couldn’t get to work.

“As I’m speaking to you right now I went to Ga-Rankuwa side to see if I can make it into R80 from Ga-Rankuwa side but it’s also closed. There’s also lots of rocks on the road, so it’s advisable for everyone to turn around and go back home.”

The Tshwane Metro Police’s Isaac Mahamba says the strike is illegal but officers are in all the areas and will act against intimidation.

“Although we respect the rights of the people to protest, we’re saying nobody should affect any other citizen who wants to go as business as usual, who wants go to work and go do business around the city and those who want to go to school. and as police we’re there to assist them.”