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Taxi drivers have called for a taxi shutdown until the government hears their plea of giving them a relief support grant to compensate for the lockdown. One of the taxi drivers' concerns is that although they have adhered to the rules but this has created more debt for them as the the taxis need to be paid for so that they are not taken away."We understand there is a lockdown but we still have to pay banks. We are important in this economy . Petrol stations are in business because of us", said one of the taxi drivers .
The Minister of Transport , Fikile Mbalula has pleaded with the taxi drivers not to start a war but to continue working and he also admitted that the financial support that was offered to the taxi industry might have been' "too little" to cover the loss. " The government does not have more money to give", said the Minister of Transport .
To get the government's attention the taxi drivers decided to embark on a strike that led them to blocking roads . Mr Mbalula explained that shooting these taxi drivers will only worsening the situation instead he understands their cry . Although many taxi drivers have decided to strike , the National Taxi Alliance says they are not going part of the taxi strike , they are going to operate as normal.
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