Roads closed, commuters stranded in KZN taxi strike

Roads closed, commuters stranded in KZN taxi strike

Hundreds of taxi operators in KwaZulu Natal have downed keys. 

Taxi strike in Durban

The strikers are making their way to Toyota's Prospecton plant - south of Durban - this morning for a protest march. 

 Some people heading to the area say they've been unable to get to work. This Glen Anil resident says he heard about the traffic diversions from a colleague. 

"I leave at about 4h50 then I get onto the N2. There weren't as many taxis - I did notice. The guy from work on standby was called to work. He was diverted at Prospecton. Then I decided at the Queensburgh turn-off to do a U-turn and come back home," he said.

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In Umlazi, south of Durban, commuters have been stranded and waiting for taxis. Although the taxis can be seen - they are not operational.  

The SA National Taxi Council says it's received permission to hold a protest march outside the plant. It's told ECR Newswatch the operators are protesting against high vehicle manufacturing costs which they say are killing business. 

These are the roads affected - 

  • Durban CBD: Warwick Avenue and West Street, Brooke and Smith Street. Please use alternative routes. 
  • N2 in both directions near Umgeni on and off-ramps. 
  • N2 Northbound before Tongaat Toll. 
  • Jan Smuts Highway near Westridge Stadium.
  • Umbilo and Francois Road.
  • Sydney and Moore Road.
  • N3: Durban-bound,  near the Richmond Road off-ramp.
  • N2 near Isipingo and Prospecton - including Joyner Road.

Below are scenes of the taxi strike in Umlazi, Z section. 

Umlazi taxi strike - Z section
Lethiwe Mdluli
Umlazi taxi strike
Lethiwe Mdluli

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