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Commuters Stranded As Taxis Begin Strike


South Africa’s top taxi association has begun a strike to protest against government’s relief package.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says the taxi industry has rejected the government’s relief offer of over 1.1bn South African rands ($63m: £50m).

The relief was intended to help the industry recover from the effects of the lockdown.

The taxi association says the amount is not enough, but the minister says the government will not increase it.

Taxis in Gauteng province, home of the commercial hub Johannesburg, went on strike on Monday morning – inconveniencing commuters.

Local media tweeted photos of stranded commuters:

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