A Golden Arrow Bus was burnt on Qhekezela street in Makhaza Khayelitsha this morning in what is alleged to be a taxi strike. Pic: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)
CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape province has called for a lasting solution to the current taxi strike which left thousands of commuters stranded in and around Cape Town on Monday.

In a statement, the party condemned the torching of buses and said the entire public transport system in the province needed to be overhauled.

"ANC calls for a permanent resolution to the Taxi Industry's various challenges and concerns, permanent solutions to the train security and operational challenges and a better operational model for mycity bus and the busing system," the statement said.

"Today's torching of buses and other destruction exacerbates the enduring transportation system challenges in this province. It is also a criminal act which must be swiftly dealt with by police."

The arson coincided with a planned strike by Cape Town minibus taxis over an unsettled dispute relating to the provincial leadership of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco).

Taxi associations have said the strike would continue until a pre-elective conference is held, ahead of the conference to elect a provincial leadership for Santaco that is scheduled for August 14.

African News Agency (ANA)