Adding pressure to potential national shutdown, taxi fee hike protests loom

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Currently, there are already threats of a national shutdown set to take place on Friday, 10 June 2022. The aim of the major shutdown is to bring the country to a standstill, as to address the exorbitant petrol prices.

To read the full article on the national shutdown, click here.

As concerns around the shutdown escalate, the South African National Taxi Association (SANTACO) has since distanced itself from any involvement in the said action.

Taking to social media, the association stated, “SANTACO has never lobbied any organisation for a national shutdown, and not even planning any shutdown.” However, the group said that it held the strongest view that urgent intervention was needed from the government, especially with the looming taxi price hike.

Moreover, the civil rights organisation, AfriForum has added that it was difficult to draw any conclusions about possible participation and areas that will be affected by the protests. 

“Note that many such national shutdowns have already been announced, but only certain provinces or parts of the country are usually affected. These are mostly Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. Limpopo, North West, the Northern and Western Cape and the Free State are normally less affected by these initiatives,” explained AfriForum.

In terms of Northern KZN, Alfred Duma (Ladysmith) Municipality is not taking any chances on the possible unrest. This follows the municipality’s leadership holding a meeting with the Klip River Taxi Association, on the subject.

The proposed price increases are earmarked for 1 July 2022 are as follows:

The Ladysmith Municipality’s Communications Unit stated that the negotiations will be held within the next week, once the Department of Transport, Community Safety & Liaison confirms the meeting. Additionally, they committed to working on avoiding public protests, disturbing the recovery of the local economy.

With preparations underway in Ladysmith to minimise unrest, what do you feel your municipality should do to prevent potential chaos?

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