eThekwini taxi strike not violent: metro cops

eThekwini taxi strike not violent: metro cops

No incidents of violence have been reported to Durban's Metro Police since the start of a taxi strike in the city yesterday.

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Metro says it has increased its manpower on the ground to ensure safety and security. 

Thousands of Durban commuters have been stranded at taxi ranks, with eThekwini urging them to make alternative travel arrangements to and from home, work and school. 

Some taxi operators turned off their engines, saying they are unhappy that the municipality impounded hundreds of vehicles on Sunday. 

Metro's Eugene Msomi says no major incidents have been reported.  

"We got a report of slow-moving traffic that was on the M7, [but] that was sorted out very quickly early in the morning. Other than that, we haven't had any major incidents in terms of the taxi strike, as I say that some of the taxis are operating while others are not. 

"So, we're making sure that those who are operating as well as the commuters are protected," he said. 

EThekwini claims taxi bosses declined to meet with officials yesterday, adding that there are no scheduled meetings today. 

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