JHB commuters frustrated with long queues amid bus strike

Bus drivers went on strike on Wednesday demanding a 12% wage hike. Talks between unions and employers are underway in Woodmead.

Scores of stranded commuters wait in long queues as they find alternative means to get to work following the national bus strike. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - On day two of the national bus strike Johannesburg commuters say they're growing increasingly frustrated with the long queues they're having to endure to get home.

Commuters have converged on already overcrowded Johannesburg taxi ranks on Thursday evening.

Bus drivers went on strike on Wednesday demanding a 12% wage hike.

Talks between unions and employers are underway in Woodmead.

The queues at the Bree Taxi Rank seem to be standing still with commuters waiting anxiously for movement.

A commuter says the bus strike needs to end now.

“I want to get home, I used up my bus ticket and the queues are terrible. I’m anxious, I’m frustrated but I don’t have a choice but to queue.”

Another commuter says she has been waiting her turn to board a taxi since 4 pm.

“It’s been two hours, it’s frustrating and I hope the strike comes to an end very soon.”
Hundreds who are stuck there are having to wait their turn with no other alternative means of public transportation.

The outcome of talks between union leaders and employers employers, currently being mediated by the CCMA, is expected to be announced sometime on Friday.