Hundreds of commuters who are using the Great North Transport bus services in the Mankweng areas outside Polokwane in Limpopo have been left stranded.

Bus drivers affiliated to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) have parked their vehicles, demanding a 12% salary increase as part of the nationwide bus strike.

Commuters who are travelling between Polokwane, Mankweng and the University of Limpopo vicinity are seen hitchhiking to work.

These commuters have accused the bus drivers and the Great North Transport bus service of not informing them that a strike action was starting Wednesday.

Some say the industrial action is inconveniencing them as they have already loaded their tags with money for the whole month.

Some are forced to use extra money and commute with mini buses that are operating along the R71 road towards Polokwane.

They say they fear losing their jobs as they will arrive late at work.

Meanwhile, some taxi operators say the strike by bus drivers present an opportunity for them to make more profit.