The Alexandra taxi association suspended its services on Monday morning, after several of their taxis were impounded by the Johannesburg Metro Police for not being roadworthy over the weekend. This left the residents of Alex frustrated and angry, they told ENCA News on Monday how they have been left stranded by taxis in the township due to the strike. Although taxis can be seen parked at the Alexandra taxi rank but there is are drivers in the taxis. One man supposedly had to walk with his sick four-year old daughter from the local clinic to her crèche because of the strike. Some residents have said “if one takes a look at most taxis, they are not in a good condition but they are still in our roads. This taxis are carrying people’s lives and they should be in good condition and roadworthy”.
The South African Taxi council (santaco) said on Monday, taxis in Alexandra will be operating as usual despite the Alexandra taxi association saying it will be continuing with the strike. Meanwhile the Johannesburg Metro Police have impounded more than 500 mini buses this year through the operation Buya Mthetho, “these taxis were found to be in a very poor condition and were unroadworthy. Some were found to have licence discs that expired in 2012, some had discs that indicated dishwasher repairs while others had newspaper clippings as discs on the windscreens, “said JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar.
The taxi strike not only affected the Alex commuters but it also affected a few surrounding areas such as, the routes between Alexandra and Midrand, Woodmead and Modderfontein have been affected mostly. This cause has resulted in commuters having to seek out other modes of transport, with hundreds flocking to Gautrain stations across the city. The Alexandra Taxi Association says “if the JMPD doesn’t return its mini buses the strike will continue throughout the entire week”.