At least three buses have been set alight in Nyanga and Khayelitsha on the first day of the taxi strike in Cape Town, Western Cape.
Bus commuters have taken to social media to share videos and pictures of the incidents.
BUSES SET ALIGHT IN CAPE TOWN TAXI STRIKE
The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) is embarking on a two-day strike after it threatened to remove its 15 000 taxis from the streets if the Western Cape Government puts an end to the Blue Dot Project.
The Blue Dot Project, which incentivised and rewarded taxi drivers for good driving and customer service, is expected to end on 30 November.
The Western Cape Provincial Government said while the project was successful – it cannot continue without the support of the National Government.
Western Cape MEC for Transport, Daylin Mitchell said funding the programme is the mandate of the national department.
“Where rail has almost collapsed in South Africa this programme shows how we can make a rapid intervention to improve the public transport industry – this pilot project shows how you can change the game,” he said.
Golden Arrow Bus Service and MyCiti have since withdrawn their services in Khayelitsha.
On Sunday, 20 November, South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape said integrated law enforcement agencies remain on high alert in anticipation of scores of commuters that will be left stranded because of the taxi strike and will henceforth opt for other modes of transport. The police deployments will focus on possible disruptions and violence to alternative modes of transport at the disposal of commuters and road users as well as other infrastructure.
Public Order Police (POP), respective police station and unit contingents, the City of Cape Town’s metro police, law enforcement officials, traffic services and security companies will be deployed at strategic positions for prompt and coordinated responses. A contingent of detectives will be on hand to investigate open cases.