Johannesburg’s Metro bus commuters have been forced to seek alternative transport on Thursday morning due to a bus strike.
The strike, which began on Tuesday, is being led by Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers’ Union of South Africa (Demawusa).
They are demanding salary progression, adjustment of salaries of new workers to the bus company’s salary scale, and payment of long service bonuses equivalent to one-months salary, among others.
They have vowed to continue with the strike until their demands are met.
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A sign posted on the abandoned metro bus ticket office in Ghandi Square promises that disruptions to the bus service will be kept to a minimum – but the situation on the ground paints a different picture.
Some stranded commuters say the strike has impacted on their budget as they’ve already bought monthly bus tags.
Commuters say they are now forced to fork out additional money to catch taxis.
Earlier, a group of women told SABC News how they fear for their safety, as they are now forced to walk to a nearby taxi ranks while it’s still dark – putting their lives in danger.