Santaco taxi shutdown: Gauteng commuters left stranded and frustrated

Johannesburg – Only a few taxis were transporting commuters in the Johannesburg CBD on Monday morning.

As part of a mass shutdown in Gauteng, thousands of taxis pulled up their hand brakes this morning, leaving commuters stranded across the province.

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) reject government’s R1.1billion relief fund, saying its members needed more money.

Earlier, commuters were standing in long queues waiting to get to work and school, with taxi drivers refusing to ferry them.

Some commuters asked for lifts from passing cars, while others forked out for taxi cabs.

“I’ve been stuck here since 7am and it’s been really frustrating,” said one commuter.

“I’m late for work and I have been here for over an hour,” said another commuter.

Only a few minibus taxis were seen in Downtown Johannesburg and it is still unclear what the picture will look like in the afternoon when commuters leave work.

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