Santaco calls off Ekurhuleni taxi strike

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The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has announced that taxi operations in Ekurhuleni will resume on Friday.

A taxi strike in most parts of Johannesburg’s east rand which left thousands of commuters stranded is set to continue.

This follows a breakdown in talks between the Gauteng provincial government, City of Ekurhuleni and taxi associations.

The talks began on Thursday in Ekurhuleni after many commuters were left stranded.

The taxi industry went on strike in protest over a contract awarded to a private bus company to transport local communities.

Taxi associations demanded the immediate release of four of their counterparts who were arrested for various offences and the release of seven vehicles which were also impounded by the state.

Parts of Tembisa, Germiston, Vosloorus and other parts of the city were affected.

City of Ekurhuleni spokesperson Zweli Dlamini says the discussions deadlocked. “However, as a city we remain optimistic that negotiations will resume soon and hopefully, we’ll find a solution that is permanent and we are able to see the restoration of the transportation of our people to various destinations.”

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