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Santaco changes tune, says taxis will operate as normal

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Taxi association, Santaco, says taxis in Ekurhuleni will be operating as normal on Friday morning.

The organisation changed tune a few hours after it informed YNews that operations will remain suspended after its talks with government had deadlocked.

The stalemate is allegedly over government’s decision to deploy busses on taxi routes.

Santaco’s Phaphama Zulu has told YNews their change of heart came after deliberating on the impact a second day without taxis will have on commuters.

He says they will continue talks with government without further inconveniencing commuters.

The strike had affected taxi users in Alberton, Daveyton, Tembisa, Vosloorus, Germiston and Benoni, among others.

Long queues snaking through taxi ranks in the metro were seen with some commuters saying the situation was so bad that they had to return home due to unaffordability of alternative transport options available to them.

 

One taxi driver told the commuter to take his children home for their safety.

The shutdown underscored the challenges faced by commuters and the impact of transport disruptions on their lives and livelihood. Written by Tshenolo Khaile

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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