Dzumeri- ARMSTA patrols along the R529 in Giyani


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By: Blessing Mabunda

Dzumeri- On Friday, Alexandra Randburg Midrand Sandton Taxi Association (ARMSTA) squad vehicles were spotted at Bambeni village and Ka- Ndhambhi village outside Giyani patroling along the R529.

It’s alleged that on Thursday the Dzumeri taxi squad went overboard when they forcibly took taxi fees from the taxi drivers who were found working along the R529 between Bambeni village and Mageva village.

The Dzumeri taxi drivers went on strike since last Friday, blocking taxis movement in the Dzumeri area.



Alternative transport system (Vans) station

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On Thursday the Dzumeri taxi squad increased its presence along the R529 road when they packed their unmarked patroling vehicles between Bambeni village and Ka- Ndhambhi.

Giyani View source has revealed that Dzumeri taxi squad increased its presence along the R529 after they were tipped off about the taxis movement between Bambeni and Mageva village.

” No taxi is allowed to work from the Dzumeri area to Giyani, until our concern is addressed”. He said

The strike has left dozens of commuters stranded since the strike broke out.

It’s​ alledged that taxi owners in the Dzumeri area are demanding their own association that won’t accommodated taxis from Bolobedu area.

Meanwhile, a source close to the Dzumeri taxi squad claimed that the strike is about the association joining fee which favors some taxi owners, and that Dzumeri must be granted its association.

Commuters had to use alternative transport since Friday, vans are transporting people in Dzumeri as the strike continues.

Joyce Mkansi from N’wa Marhanga village outside Giyani blamed the timing of the strike. “They can’t go on strike on month end, we need more taxis during this time”.

“The alternative transport system (vans) isn’t adding up, imagine at the back of the bakkie in the morning this winter”.

Meanwhile, the taxi strike by the South Africa National Taxi Council (SANTACO) scheduled for July 12 has been temporarily suspended, the association has said.

Chief Strategic Manager for SANTACO, Bafana Magagula, said that the public would be informed should the strike be confirmed.