'Zuma shutdown' leaves KZN commuters stranded

'Zuma shutdown' leaves KZN commuters stranded

Frustration is building up among commuters in parts of KwaZulu-Natal as they struggle to get public transport home due to the closure of some routes.

'Zuma shutdown' leaves KZN commuters stranded

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says since Friday morning, some drivers have not been able to use certain roads to pick up passengers due to protests.

The taxi organisation's KZN spokesperson Sifiso Shangase says some operators are having to take longer routes. 

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"We would want to give assurance to commuters that the taxis are operating. Other routes we cannot be able to access and that will create a problem for all of us as road users, but we will try our best to try and use alternative routes to be able to reach certain destinations within the city." 

Durban commuter Phindile Mgwaza says getting to work on Friday morning was a hassle and has also been waiting for some time to get a taxi home in the afternoon. 

READ: WATCH: 'Zuma supporters' close off M4 between Ballito, Umdloti

"I usually travel from home to work for roughly 30 minutes and today it took us about two hours or more. I was very late. 

"Now I have been trying to get home because we were told at work to leave early because we were struggling in the morning and since we are still facing the same thing. 

"We are waiting here, it's really difficult today. I am not sure what to do and I am not sure when I will get home."

READ: Thirteen arrested for KZN protests

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