Threats of insecurity and safety holds sway. A thoroughly mobilised and organised blockade has detrimentally stalled civil and economic activities in major parts of the country.
Thousands of commuters have been left stranded after the main route between Johannesburg and Pretoria was blocked by protesting Gauteng taxi operators.
The N2 north has been opened, trying to open N1 south, calling on people who see mini buses to contact police, says Captain Kay. 18 minibuses have already been impounded.
Students who are affected and cannot get to exam and test venues, will not be disadvantaged by the strike and should contact their lecturers/HoD. Those who are already at exam and test venues, will continue to write as scheduled.
Students who are unable to write your examination due to the taxi strike, you may apply for a deferred examination by submitting the Application form for aegrotat and/or special examinations.
However, Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told told the media that taxis were blocking roads and travelling on the N1, N3 and N12.
According to Minnaar, taxi drivers hijacked trucks to block the Allendale offramp.
“This started at around 3am. I cannot confirm any injuries. I can confirm taxi drivers hijacked trucks to block the freeway at Allendale off ramp.”
The Gauteng Education Department urges parents to keep their children at home today due to the national taxi strike.
For the sake of the safety of the children the Department believes that all precautionary measures should be taken to keep our children safe.
The Department has urged all schools to give learners that could not make it today a second opportunity to write exams.