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Johannesburg - Despite the chaos Wednesday's taxi strike caused in the Pretoria Central Business District (CBD), Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he was pleased that most matric pupils were able to get to school and write their examinations. 

Taxi drivers gathered at the Old Putco Depot in Marabastad and headed to the department of transport to hand over the first memorandum before proceeding to the Union Buildings where they handed over the second memorandum.

The ensuing strike saw roads barricaded and go-slows staged on numerous highways. 

Commuters were also warned to find alternative means of transportation.  

Lesufi in a statement said he was pleased that despite the chaotic strike, a majority of Grade 12 pupils arrived on time for their final examination.

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"Our preliminary report indicates that less than 20 learners were redirected to alternative venues to write their exam. It is important to note that, most learners who arrived late were not more than an hour late. 

"A handful of learners that were an hour late, were accommodated accordingly. No absenteeism has been reported due to the said strike.
 
Lesufi thanked all the parents who made an effort to make alternative transport arrangements, especially for matric pupils.  
 
"We wish to reiterate that, such activities are unfortunate and have a negative impact on the delivery of education in our province particularly during this critical examination period. We wish our pupils well under these difficult circumstances."