2 buses torched amid CT taxi strike

Taxi bosses are at loggerheads as 2 prominent taxi associations are demanding that their grievances be met.

 A MyCiTi bus was torched on the N2 highway on 18 September 2017 during a taxi strike in Cape Town. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The taxi strike in Cape Town has turned violent, with a MyCiTi bus torched on the N2 highway.

Taxi bosses in the Western Cape have halted services over leadership concerns and the impounding of their vehicles.

A Golden Arrow bus was also set alight in Delft South, while several other buses and vehicles have come under attack.

Provincial government officials are in a meeting with operators to resolve the matter.

The City of Cape Town's Richard Bosman says: “The N2 incoming has been closed at the R300 due to a MyCiTi bus that has been set alight. We ask motorists to take caution when approaching that area.”

Thousands of commuters have been affected by this morning's taxi strike.

In Grassy Park, commuters travelling on a Golden Arrow bus were forced to vacate the vehicle.

These commuters say they're frightened after being forced off a Golden Arrow bus.

“It’s a taxi strike. Why are they attacking the buses?”

A Golden Arrow bus was torched in the Delft area on 18 September 2017. Picture: Supplied.

Another commuter adds: “They are robbing the people and driver, it’s not right.”

Many say they're now forced to once again find alternative transport to work.

Golden Arrow bus services says they've also received reports of buses being stoned in the Nyanga area.

Some roads were also blocked with burning tyres in parts of the city.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)