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LIVE UPDATES: Cape Town taxi strike – all roads reopened

Chaos has broken out on the roads of Cape Town as taxi associations CATA and CODETA started their strike on Thursday morning.

taxi strike

Photo: City of Cape Town.

Cape Town taxi associations CATA and CODETA are planning to march to the Western Cape’s legislature in Wale Street on Thursday. Chaos has broken out on the City’s roads with burnt vehicles and injuries being reported and parts of the N2 Highway were also brought to a standstill.


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The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) confirmed that two of its member taxi associations will embark on a strike on Thursday, 24 March, in Cape Town.

SANTACO said CATA and CODETA have been granted permission for a joint march to the office of the Western Cape Premier.

The two associations, which were the heart of the deadly taxi violence in the City in 2021, will present a memorandum with a set of grievances to Alan Winde.

Santaco’s spokesperson Gershon Geyer said the grievances are especially related to taxi drivers who operate in townships.

“They also made a decision that none of their vehicles will be operating tomorrow.

“Cata and Codeta gave Santaco the assurance that there will be no interference and intimidation of the other regions that will be operating as per normal,” said Geyer.

Santaco said all other transport services are expected to operate as normal.

A Cata spokesperson said the grievances include impounding of taxis and the unfair requirements for releasing impounded vehicles alongside other issues. Approximately 2000 operators are expected to participate in the march.

“Taxis will depart from Nyanga and Khayelitsha at 7:00 and a march will commence at 10:30 from District Six.

“A memorandum will be submitted to the Premier’s office at 11:30. Two thousand taxi operators are expected to participate,” said the CATA spokesperson.