Taxi strike leaves Joburg commuters stranded

People stand in line at the Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg on June 7, 2010. Johannesburg, the showpiece venue for the first ever World Cup on African soil, is the ultimate tale of two cities. A one-time gold rush city, it is also synonymous with crime and poverty for residents and visitors alike -- yet has the continent's biggest stock exchange and swankiest shops. AFP PHOTO / PABALLO THEKISO

Commuters in and around Johannesburg should make alternative transport plans as some taxi organisations embark on a one day shut-down on Monday, to protest against what they say is ill treatment of the industry by government.

Commuters across taxi ranks have been trying to arrange transport as a number of taxi organisations embark on the strike.

The main routes affected are Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand and Sandton, although other routes may well be affected if operators decide to block roads, as they have in the past.

The one day shut-down comes as a result of what the operators deem ill-treatment by the government.

Among other things, they are complaining about fuel increases and the impounding of vehicles they claim are still roadworthy by the city.

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