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Metered taxis protest Uber by blockading major Gauteng highway

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Gauteng motorists traveling to OR Tambo International this morning have encountered a protest being staged by metered taxis on major highways throughout Gauteng.

The metered taxis formed a blockade near the Barbara Road off-ramp in protest of the lack of regulation surrounding Uber in South Africa.

“We need to get clarity. Today we’re prepared to die here. The police are usually shooting people who are demonstrating for their rights. So they must kill us for our own rights,” metered tax driver Sekwala Mashikinya told EWN.

Motorists are – as one would expect – fuming at the situation with many taking to Twitter to voice their complaints about the protest action.

Some folks saw the silver lining in the massive delays.

Others had advice for the metered taxi industry.

https://twitter.com/Lukie_Buthane/status/840096562621501441

At time of writing we’ve spotted some Twitter users saying that the R24 toward OR Tambo International Airport is clear.

https://twitter.com/The_C_Word79/status/840099461896400896

 

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.

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