- Cape Town taxi drivers caused havoc on the roads on Friday when they protested what they claim is unfair treatment
- The operators say that the City of Cape town is discriminating against them, with R30 million in fines outstanding
- The provincial government is adamant that the law applies to all, equally and should be adhered to by all
Taxi drivers blocked off major Cape Town routes on Friday in an attempt to have R30 million in outstanding fines scrapped.
eNCA reports that the operators feel the City of Cape Town is treating them unfairly, sparking the strike that caused massive traffic delays.
The protestors were reportedly upset about fines and warrants of arrests issued against drivers. One of the drivers, Olwethu Xba, commented:
“Why are we breaking the rules because we need attention from the provincial government. They do not listen to us so the best way is to block the roads."
However, law enforcement stepped in and impounded 23 of the taxis used during the protest, removing those obstructing the roads.
JP Smith, a Democratic Alliance representative for the City, is adamant that the law applies equally to all citizens, asking why others should abide but taxi drivers should be exceptions to the rule.
Briefly.co.za reported that taxi drivers in the Gauteng province had been applauded for helping the fight against crime.
The operators had joined forces with local law enforcement in a bid to protect citizens and put an end to criminals tormenting the city.
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