How the taxi strike was co-ordinated: Aki Anastasiou

Taxi drivers took to the highways on Thursday morning causing huge backlogs that prevented thousands of commuters from getting to work.

Drivers affiliated to South Africa National Taxi Council (Santaco) embarked on the strike after talks with SA Taxi Finance Holdings deadlocked.

The association argues that the monthly installments on the Toyota Quantums it uses are simply unaffordable.

This was a clearly co-ordinated effort in how the roads were blocked. It started at around 3:30am on the Allandale exit where groups of taxi's, across various routes, drove really slowly on the N3 north, R21 and N4.

Aki Anastasiou, EWN Traffic

This had the maximum impact on peak hour traffic and they also blocked the main side routes. Gautrain suspended it's bus service as employees were unable to close their doors, some businesses also forced to close as staff were unable to get to work.

Aki Anastasiou, EWN Traffic

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