Fri. Nov 15th, 2019

Tshwane Shutdown: What commuters need to know as strike threatens traffic

Tshwane Shutdown TrafficThousands of protesters are expected to attend the Tshwane Shutdown protests in the city’s CBD on Monday: Here’s what commuters need to know.

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Protesters vowing to lead the Tshwane Shutdown protests in the CBD on Monday are set to hand over a memorandum of demands at the Union Buildings – however, that does mean that traffic in the region will be affected.

As of 8:00 this morning, disruptions looked few and far between. Some taxi drivers have refused to pitch up for work this morning as part of the demonstrations, but many train services and commuter routes are still running as normal.

Shutdown set to hit traffic in Pretoria

The Inwooners Baagi Civil Movement has urged workers – ranging from teachers to public servants – to join their strike action, by occupying the city centre of Tshwane throughout the day. It’s understood they will gather at the Old Putco depot in Marabastad from 9:00, before marching to the iconic Union Buildings.

They have promised to occupy all bus, taxi and commuter routes in and around the main township communities of the city. Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve have been listed as some of the areas that will be targeted by the Tshwane Shutdown protesters, from the morning rush-hour onwards.

Tshwane Shutdown: Why are they protesting?

Inwooners Baagi is gatvol with just about everything, really. Their list of grievances is extensive:

  • Poor public transport
  • Increasing crime
  • Poorly-maintained roads
  • Dirty drinking water
  • Lack of accessible healthcare facilities
  • Steep municipal bills

Tshwane traffic for Monday 29 April

With the protest set to get underway a little later than what we’ve seen from similar demonstrations in Alexandra, Rabie Ridge and Cape Town, disruptions have been at a minimum on Monday morning. Traffic in Mamelodi is backed-up however, with vehicles flowing “slower than usual”.

Meanwhile, major highways between the CBD and Centurion – as well as connections to Johannesburg – remain clear. Bus routes have been majorly affected, though: The Tshwane Bus Service has reported that 37 drivers were either delayed or unable to undertake their shifts due to protest action.

The legitimacy of the protest has been called into question, as the IBCM group have failed to secure a permit for their march. Despite this, group leaders are estimated that over 12 000 citizens will join them. If there are any further delays of traffic disruptions caused by the Tshwane Shutdown, we’ll bring you those developments.

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