Pretoria – Heavy duty haulage trucks were used to block main roads leading into and out of Mamelodi township on Wednesday morning, as members of the National Taxi Alliance embarked on strike action.
Thousands of commuters were left without any another option but to walk several kilometres to work, or out of the township, hoping to get some alternative forms of transport to Pretoria CBD.
"If I don't rock up at work, I will be fired. My employer doesn't care how I get to work. I am a single mother and if I am fired I will become a hobo. Even if it means I will walk these 20 kilometres, I am prepared to do that," said a mother of two, who asked not to be named.
More than six heavy duty trucks were parked on Waltloo Road, ensuring that no vehicles enter or leave Mamelodi. Scores of the protesters were at the intersections, holding bricks and stones.
Some protesters were waving sjamboks and long sticks.They were intimidating any onlookers who attempted to take photographs.
A few residents complained about apparent lack of police intervention.
The National Taxi Alliance had earlier in the week warned that it will be leading a march to the Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi over grievances affecting their businesses.
The national Department of Basic Education has expressed fears that thousands of students, who are writing their 2017 National Senior Certificate (matric) examinations will be adversely affected by the transport situation and fail to arrive on time.