Santaco Expected To Meet With Fikile Mbalula On Wednesday

We have got a meeting with the minister on Wednesday and we hope to find each other. It is our hope and wishes as Santaco to resolve this problem.

Santaco Expected To Meet With Fikile Mbalula On Wednesday-SurgeZirc SA
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula expected to meet with santaco on Wednesday to resolve the matter/Photo File:Screengrabs

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) said they won’t stop strike until the government listen to their demands, unless they will take it to streets until their demands are met.

Santaco on Monday condemned the blocking of roads and intimidation by drivers during the Gauteng shutdown.

READ MORE:Mboweni Toughest Week As Expected To Restore SA’s Economic Hope

Drivers are trying to squeeze government for more money by refusing to ferry commuters across the province.

They said that the R1.1 billion relief fund announced by government to help the industry would not go far enough to make a significant difference after the crippling lockdown.

Santaco’s spokesperson Thabiso Molelekwa said they would continue with their strike until government listened to them.

“We have got a meeting with the minister on Wednesday and we hope to find each other. It is our hope and wishes as Santaco to resolve this problem,” Molelekwa said.

But the Department of Transport said that the shutdown was premature.

“They should have allowed these discussions and exhausted the process before they could take to the streets and disadvantage not only themselves as an industry, but also commuters,” said Mbalula’s spokesperson Ayanda-Allie Paine.

READ MORE:Gauteng Commuters In Middle Of Crisis Over Santaco Strike

Commuters claimed they were pulled out of private vehicles by taxi drivers who were trying to intimidate them in the morning.

Soldiers and police were also deployed to hotspots to reopen roads that had been blocked by rocks and burning tyres.

 

 

Share this article with friends
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments