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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Cosatu, Santaco, and other taxi industry in South Africa say it won't join national shutdown

The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the taxi industry have distanced themselves from the national shutdown which is apparently planned for Friday.

National Taxi Association spokesperson Theo Malele said: “As I speak to you people are losing their vehicles by virtue of not being able to meet their monthly financial obligations because of the pressures they are under as a result of the fuel price increases but also the increases of spares and basically overall maintenance of a vehicle.”

He spoke of the negative effect these increases have on their already tight margins and the ability to sustain their families.

“It has further squeezed our already squeezed margins to an extent that we are no longer able to afford our own livelihoods.

“Remember we have families and as Africans we have extended families and those people are affected as well, so its a terrible state of affairs,” he said.

Cosatu KwaZulu-Natal leader, Edwin Mkhize, on Wednesday said the union took a resolution to have a joint meeting with the taxi industry to discuss a formal approach to the strike.

“We met yesterday (Tuesday) as Cosatu and we agreed that we need to reach the 17th June with a clear resolution on how we should show our discomfort about the current fuel situation,” Mkhize said.

He said Cosatu would convene a joint meeting with the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) to discuss the form and content of the programme for June 17.

“Officially, we as Cosatu are not involved in whatever will be happening on Friday. Santaco did indicate that they were willing to work with us, so hence the proposed meeting even though we are yet to decide on the date,” said Mkhize.

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