Cape Town - Bus drivers employed by MyCiTi bus vehicle operating companies have embarked on a wildcat strike on Monday morning. Mayoral Committee member for Transport and Urban Development, Brett Herron said:
"There are reports of intimidation of those drivers who are working. Striking bus drivers are apparently blocking red roads."
He said that the strike is illegal, “It appears most MyCiTi Bus routes are affected by a drivers’ illegal or wildcat strike this morning. Striking drivers are allegedly trying to intimidate those who working by blocking the red roads.
"I’m not sure yet what this is about,” Herron said.
There are currently no buses operating on routes A01, T01, T03, T04, 101, 102, 103,104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 230, 251, 260, 261, 262 and a limited services on routes T02, D01, D02, D03, D04, @MyCiTiBus tweeted.
The strike is expected to add more strain on commuters already suffering under an unreliable rail transport system.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said law enforcement officials are monitoring the situation.
“Some law enforcement officers are present it does not look like some of those bus drivers are violent but we are keeping a close eye on the matter,” Smith said.