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JMPDEWN reports that amid Monday’s strike, a group of taxi bosses affiliated to at least 11 associations in Johannesburg handed over a memorandum to the city's Metro Police Department (JMPD) outlining their grievances.  

The associations gave the JMPD management seven days to respond.  At least 500 taxis have been impounded on the basis that they were unroadworthy, but the drivers have disputing that.  Jabulani Ntshangase of the Alexandra Taxi Association claimed they were being unfairly targeted.  He said:  “When a driver makes a mistake, they don’t write a fine for the driver.  They just remove the disk.  They impound the vehicle.  We end up paying something like R2,800 per car.”  Ntshangase also accused JMPD officers of deliberately removing taxi licence disks to get them arrested at roadblocks.  The strike is set to continue on Monday evening, with no taxis expected to operate during the afternoon.

  • This short report by Mia Lindeque is at EWN
  • Read too, Alex taxi drivers attack journalist, at The Citizen

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