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According to the Ekurhuleni Management Council (MANCO) who held a meeting on 15 March 2018 at the Kempton park civic center, deliberations are being made on the planning of a protest march on 20 March 2018.
The purpose of the march, according to the group, is about the grievances of the ERTC against the EMM for the withdrawal of funding the KTVR operations and the R 800 million which were intended to buy new KTVR busses.
The logistics of the protest march are the following:
All members of MANCO who are the executives of the taxi associations will converge at the ERTC offices in Pomona from 21:00 – 00:00.
Taxi drivers and owners will converge at Esibayeni in Kempton Park and will proceed to next to the ERTC offices around 02:00 am on 20 March 2018 to meet with MANCO members.
The plan is to block the R21/R24 highway, both directions leading to O.R Tambo Airport. The march is meant to disrupt the traffic flow into and out of the airport.
Trucks will be hijacked, keys confiscated and truck drivers will then be driven out of the area by assigned taxis. These trucks will be used to close off the highway.
The meeting undertook not to disclose the points/ on/ off ramps where the highway will be blocked.
There are further plans to block the railway lines going to Kempton Park. Points to be blocked were also not disclosed in this regard.
The protest will proceed to Germiston where other associations operating from the eastern and southern parts of Ekurhuleni will be met with their counterpart in the southern part of Ekurhuleni.
The entire protest will then proceed to the Mayoral Chambers in Germiston to hand over a memorandum of their grievance.
Readers in Bedfordview and surrounds are advised to make necessary arrangements and plan ahead, as this strike will drastically affect travel times.