Strike: Durban calls in the cops
The police have been called on to ensure that Durban's traffic is not disrupted by "irresponsible, inconsiderate and unlawful acts". eThekwini municipality and its bus-service operator, Tansnat Durban, said law enforcement agencies had been asked to prevent a repeat of the chaos caused by yesterday's bus drivers' strike.Only three days after the city and Tansnat agreed to ensure that there would be no further disruptions to the embattled bus service, drivers blockaded major routes to the city centre after they were not paid.Commuters were stranded, and traffic was gridlocked at the Griffiths Mxenge Highway, the N2 northbound, near Prospecton, the M4 southbound, the M25 and Duffs Road.The city said salaries were due to be processed yesterday.The city on Friday postponed its court application for the liquidation of Tansnat pending a "determination of whom, between the city and Tansnat, is indebted to the other, and by how much"."The agreement also provides for the appointment of an intervention team, led by a team of independent auditors, to oversee the financial management of Tansnat's business and the company's bank account."The agreement further provides for the appointment of a reputable person or firm to adjudicate the issue of the monetary claims that the city and Tansnat have registered against each other to determine, once and for all, how much each party owes to the other and how these debts are to be settled." a statement, issued jointly by the city and Tansnat, said.The city said all salaries had been processed and the bus service was expected to be resumed by yesterday afternoon.