Hanging minibus taxi drivers are wreaking havoc in Cape City, South Africa’s second-largest metropolis and predominant vacationer hub, blockading roads and stopping 1000’s of individuals from reaching work.
The taxi drivers started demonstrating final week in opposition to town’s choice to impound autos that weren’t roadworthy or whose house owners hadn’t paid their fines. Talks aimed toward resolving the deadlock failed over the weekend and the South African Nationwide Taxi Council stated the protest will proceed till August 9.
The principle method street to the Cape City Worldwide Airport, the nation’s second-biggest, was sealed off for a number of hours on Monday morning, earlier than being reopened. Woolworths, Clicks and different retailers have shut shops or closed early as a result of their staff have been unable to journey.
Some protesters hurled stones at privately owned automobiles, and one motorist opened hearth on the attackers, killing one particular person, Cape Discuss radio reported on Monday. Quite a lot of taxis have been impounded and their drivers have been arrested, it stated.
The UK overseas workplace suggested vacationers to think about delaying their journeys and keep away from the airport till the roads have been cleared.
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