A Tshwane Bus Service driver has been hijacked in the Orchards area north of Pretoria allegedly by members of organisations affiliated to the National Taxi Alliance (NTA).
This comes ahead of a march by taxi operators on Wednesday over the delay in the disbursement of government’s COVID-19 relief fund.
The driver managed to flee the scene.
The taxi operators will march to the offices of the Department of Transport and the Union Buildings in Pretoria at 10am.
The city has confirmed that passangers were forced out of the bus while en route to work this morning.
For now, the metro has recalled all its bus services due to security reasons.
Passenger notice : Please be informed that one of our bus has been highjacked by taxi drivers with the lady driver while on other routes passengers are kicked and forced out of the buses. With this we have to recall all our buses to the depot. @TMPDSafety @Selbybok— Tshwane Bus Service (@Tshwanebus2) November 18, 2020
Meanwhile, the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) is insisting that its members are staging a peaceful strike in the capital.
The alliance is expecting hundreds of its members to gather in Marabastad in Pretoria from 7am.
Taxi operators want government to explain why the COVID-19 relief fund promised to the industry had not yet materialised.
The NTA's spokesperson Theo Malele said that although everyone had been urged to take part in today's march, non-striking workers would not be intimidated.