Taxi strike update: Hijacked female bus driver found unharmed

Taxi strike update: Hijacked female bus driver found unharmed

- A bus driver who was hijacked by protesting taxi drivers and operators in Tshwane earlier has been located

- Thankfully the bus driver has been found unharmed after not answering her cellphone for a while

- Tshwane Bus Service said on Twitter that it's unlikely they will resume operations this afternoon due to what has happened

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Taxi drivers and operators who were protesting in Pretoria this morning allegedly hijacked a bus driven by a female driver. According to reports, both the driver and the bus have since been located. Thankfully the bus driver was unharmed.

City of Tshwane spokesperson Selby Bokaba said earlier that the bus could not be located and the bus driver was not answering her cellphone. Up until 7am this morning, the location of both the bus and the driver had been unknown.

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@Tshwanebus2 (Tshwane Bus Service) posted a passenger notice on their official Twitter account early this morning. They informed peeps that the bus had been hijacked by taxi drivers and that passengers had been kicked around and forced out of other buses.

IA: Taxi Strike: Hijacked female bus driver found unharmed

A taxi strike in Pretoria resulted in the hijacking of a bus driven by a female bus driver. Source: Tshwane Bus Services / Facebook
Source: Facebook

According to News24, Bokaba said all buses were recalled to the depot while IOL reported that both highways and busy intersections were blocked.

Take a look at the tweet by Tshwane bus services below:

This is a video from a passenger on one of the buses:

@AlexMitchley tweeted:

"Massive NTA taxi protest in Tshwane. Multiple blocked roads, go-slows on a number of major roads and highways including the R80. Also reports of commuters being thrown off buses and one Tshwane bus allegedly hijacked by taxi drivers."

When asked by a Twitter user if bus operations would continue this afternoon, Tshwane Bus Service responded with:

Gauteng taxi strike: Lesufi makes plan for matric students amid delays

Earlier, reported that the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi made plans for matric students amid delays. Lesufi has granted matric students a grace period to arrive for their exams:

"Kindly take note of this arrangement if you're affected by the Taxi Strike. All learners will be given a maximum of an hour to arrive late. You can also write your exam at any school closer to you."

Lesufi explained that bus operators have been informed to pick up learners in uniform at no cost, although it seems unlikely at this stage that they will be operational.

Hundreds of members are set to congregate in Marabastad in Pretoria today, expected to march to the Transport Department and onwards to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum.

This after striking taxi drivers brought the N1 North between Johannesburg and Pretoria to a near-complete standstill by blocking the highway on Wednesday morning.

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