Man wounded in Joburg taxi strike

FILE PICTURE. Taxi rank. Picture: Mariné Jacobs.

A man was shot and wounded, and commuters were left stranded, when taxi drivers went on strike in Diepsloot, northern Johannesburg, on Monday, officials said.

The drivers were demanding they be promoted to taxi owners, said SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) deputy secretary-general Bafana Magagula. “It is not clear whether the strike has ended. The last time I heard, taxis had not operated all day,” he said late on Monday afternoon.

Magagula said members of Santaco’s executive were in talks with the Randburg United Local and Long Distance Taxi Association (Rulldta), under which the Diepsloot drivers fall.

“The [Rulldta] executive is doing their best to see to it that the strike is ended soon so passengers can get their transport,” he said.

“We as a national body are pressing Rulldta’s executive to persuade the drivers to get back to work while the matter gets addressed,” said Magagula.

“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused by this matter.” Around 7am, a 28-year-old man who was thought to be a taxi driver was wounded when he was shot during an argument in Diepsloot, Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said.

“We suspect that this incident is related to the taxi drivers’ strike, which left hundreds of Diepsloot commuters stranded this morning,” Mavimbela said.

The man was standing with other taxi drivers when a silver-grey Mercedes-Benz drove up. An argument ensued between the taxi drivers and the occupants of the car, one of whom opened fire, hitting him in the lower body.

Paramedics stabilised the man on the scene before taking him to a nearby hospital. A case of attempted murder would be investigated.


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