Minibus taxi strike in Durban
Minibus taxi operators and drivers have resolved to go on strike after a meeting in Durban on Tuesday.
"Taxis will not operate until further notice," KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance chairman Eugene Hadebe said.
Drivers first went on strike on May 17 complaining that Durban metro police were targeting them when issuing traffic fines. They handed a memorandum to the eThekwini municipality, but had not received a response since they called off the strike on May 20.
There was a strong police presence when taxi operators and drivers gathered in Durban on Tuesday. Hadebe advised commuters to find other means of transport on Wednesday. Drivers and operators would not pose a threat to buses and trains, he said.
The taxi drivers want traffic tickets to be issued in isiZulu, and demand the cancellation of all warrants of arrest. They further seek an end to traffic enforcement during morning and afternoon peak hours.
Other demands include that no Indians or whites write tickets because some taxi drivers do not speak English, and that drivers be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere.
During earlier protests 60 people were arrested for public violence. Forty-six of them appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court last Monday and were released on bail of R1 500 each. The others were released without being charged.