Pretoria CBD cleared following taxi drivers’ strike

Taxi operators from marched to Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga's offices on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum.

Taxi operators have handed over a memorandum of demands to the City of Tshwane officials.Picture: Intelligence Bureau SA on Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) says the roads affected by a taxi strike in the city centre have been cleared and demonstrators have now dispersed.

Operators from Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and the CBD marched to Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga's offices on Wednesday.

They have handed over a memorandum of demands to the city.

They were protesting against the issuing of traffic tickets which prevents them from renewing their vehicle licenses.

The TMPD's Isaac Mahamba says officers are still stationed at the affected areas.

“The people have dispersed and roads have been opened but TMPD officers are still in the affected areas just to make sure that things go back to normal.”

Tshwane taxi drivers have given the metro 14 days to respond to demands to scrap their fines.

The Democratic Taxi Workers’ Union of South Africa says their traffic fines should be scrapped within 14 days or the Tshwane metro should brace itself for another protest.

The organisation’s Themba Maseko said, “If after 14 days nothing happens, we’re going to take it from there and see what we can do.”

A number of shops were closed in and around the Pretoria CBD while strikers converged at the Tshwane House and a number probably won't re-open for business on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the City of Tshwane has vowed to respond to the demands of taxi drivers soon.

Mahamba said, “We as the city have received the memorandum, we will study it and at the right time we will be able to respond.”