Angry taxi operators say government has “slapped us in the face”

Everson Luhanga

Taxi commuters in Northern Johannesburg might have to walk to work on Monday after taxi associations rejected government’s Covid-19 relief package as too little.

Taxi associations have planned a shutdown, threatening no taxis on Monday 22nd June.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is offering R5,000 per taxi, but two taxi associations in Northern Johannesburg are demanding R45,000. 

The Alexandra Taxi Association (ATA) and the Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand, Sandton Taxi Association (Armsta) described Mbalula’s R1,135 billion relief package for the taxi industry as a “slap in the face.”

ATA Chairperson Vusi Mayaba told Scrolla.Africa that the strike on all routes would remain until the minister came back with a proper offer.

“We complied with the regulations,” said Mayaba. “We did everything that the government wanted us to do. And now we need them to help us.”