Lauren Walford and Lorna Charles
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31 Mar 2016
9:59 am

Taxi operations resume after strike

Lauren Walford and Lorna Charles

Two people were seriously injured during the taxi strike action yesterday.

Taxis in Durban will begin operating today following a two-day strike which turned violent and left commuters stranded this week.

A meeting held between transport MEC Willies Mchunu and taxi operators yesterday morning, concluded around 11:30pm, Berea Mail reported.

Taxi operators were demanding the release of more than 200 mini bus taxis that were impounded around the province over the Easter weekend for operating without permits.

KZN transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said the meeting resolved that transport operations should resume while Santaco spokesman Boy Zondi confirmed taxi operators would be back to work today.

Zondi said the 210 taxis impounded over the Easter weekend will be released at a reduced fine.

Meanwhile, two people were seriously injured and hospitalised during the strike action yesterday.

According to ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said paramedics responded to an incident where a person sustained a gunshot wound to the face.

“Another person allegedly jumped off a bridge and landed in the Warwick general cemetery in an attempt to escape the riot and sustained moderate injuries including fractures,” he said.

The man was transported to hospital.

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– Caxton News Service