Lockdown Taxi Strike | Thousands of commuters stranded in Gauteng

Thousands of Gauteng taxi commuters could be stranded on Monday.

The South African National Taxi Council is unhappy with the more than R1-billion COVID-19 relief package.

They want government to review the relief.

The taxi council is accusing government of not caring about taxi drivers and owners.

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula says that government has no more funds available to offer the taxi industry.

On Sunday, several stakeholders attended a meeting on the relief support.

However, government said it was disappointed with the taxi industry’s threat for a shutdown.

“We find this action rather unfortunate and counterproductive. Resorting to shutting down services as an expression of disagreement with the quantum of the amount the government is offering the industry as relief support does nothing for the industry. A service shutdown will not only negatively affect the working class, but will worsen the devastation of the industry,” the Department of Transport said in a statement.

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