Several streets in Oudtshoorn had to be closed due to protest action. Picture: SABC

Cape Town – Traffic in the Oudtshoorn CBD was disrupted on Thursday morning due to protest action by taxi drivers, with protesters burning garbage in the streets. 

The Oudtshoorn municipal spokesperson, Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe, said earlier several streets in the Little Karoo town had to be closed, the SABC reported.

"High Street, St Johns and Church Street in the CBD are closed. People are urged not to go into the area for their safety. 

"The police and law enforcement are at the scene. Details are sketchy at the moment as to why there is such behaviour," Mangqwengqwe said

The Oudtshoorn Courant reported that, according to the organisers of the protest action, taxi drivers are disenchanted with the state of the ablution facilities at the taxi stand.

Mayor Colan Sylvester listened to the protesters' grievances and has vowed to take the necessary action. The protesters then dispersed peacefully.

While some businesses decided to close up shop, there was reportedly no danger of violence. 

Reports that the centre of the town was unsafe were believed to have been exaggerated, with only a small section of High Street being closed.