Diepsloot taxi strike leaves commuters stranded

African News Agency

Diepsloot taxi strike leaves commuters stranded
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Thousands of commuters were left stranded in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, on Monday after minibus taxi drivers downed tools over the alleged shooting of drivers in the area.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said officers were sent to Diepsloot after skirmishes broke out between commuters and the striking taxi drivers earlier.

“The taxi drivers prevented people from getting lifts from private vehicles passing by, which created some tension. Situation is calm now, officers are monitoring the busy R511 road and the whole Diepsloot area,” Minnaar said.

The R511 towards Mnandi Road was gridlocked with traffic as a result of the strike.

The drivers reportedly complained about the killing of their colleagues in Diepsloot. They claimed that three drivers were shot and killed last week, and demanded protection from their employers and the police.

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