Commuters have had to bear the brunt of alleged taxi violence which saw the Golden Arrow Bus Service suspending its operating service in Nyanga on Friday, 18 March.
Five vehicles were targeted with petrol bombs, two Golden Arrow buses, a City truck and two LDVs belonging to Eskom and the City, Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith explained.
E-hailing services are now also at the forefront of the conversation as drivers embark on a three-day national strike in the coming week, which will see major routes being shut down and services disrupted across South Africa, EWN reports.
Drivers associated with Uber, Bolt, InDriver and UberEats are calling on the government to regulate the industry, saying that it will also help to curb criminality.
Their demands include “improved earnings” following the petrol hike as the Public Private Transport Association’s spokesperson Vhathuka Mbelengwa said: “We are asking government to make sure we are not exploited, to make sure that organisations that operate ensure that everybody earns a decent wage. We have laws that protect against this, and these laws are being violated.”
Drivers are reportedly planning a peaceful strike, and those operators who do not wish to partake in the three-day shutdown will not be intimidated into doing so, SABC adds.