Woman hijacked and bus driver injured during taxi strike
A female driver was hijacked in the Orchards area and was later released and a bus driver was assaulted in front of the C De Wet Depot, in the CBD, this morning during the taxi strike. The driver sustained internal injuries and was rushed to the Belle Ombre Clinic for treatment.
The MMC for Roads and Transport, Cllr Dikeledi Selowa, condemned the actions of the protesting taxi drivers and called on law enforcement to protect residents and bus drivers.
The MMC said the Tshwane Metro Bus (TBS) operation will resume tomorrow morning after being distracted by the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) strike today.
She said the intention of the City was to resume bus operations this afternoon, however, they had to suspend the operation of buses after careful assessment of the situation and taking into account the violent nature of the strike where commuters and bus drivers were intimidated and threatened.
“This was a very difficult decision to take, we had to take into consideration the safety of our drivers as well as that of our valued commuters, and also the protection of assets.
“Although the right to strike is enshrined in our Constitution, no one has the right to assault, intimidate or threaten non-striking South Africans,” Ms Selowa said.