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23 juin 2020 | 19h26 UTC

South Africa: Taxi drivers protest in Pretoria and Johannesburg (Gauteng province) on June 22

South Africa Alerte de sécurité

Taxi drivers protest in Pretoria and Johannesburg (Gauteng province) on June 22; further demonstrations likely in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 22/6/2020, 12h00 until 29/6/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION South Africa, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Event

On Monday, June 22, South African taxi drivers protested in Pretoria and Johannesburg (Gauteng province) over the lack of financial support from the government during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Dozens of taxis blocked roads and were confronted by police and the military. Public transport was reportedly overwhelmed as commuters had to find other means of transportation.

Further demonstrations over the issue are possible in the coming days and weeks.

Context

Taxis in South Africa have been limited to 70-percent capacity under social distancing measures, placing strain on an industry that depends on full occupancy to turn a profit. When combined with lower demand due to restrictions on opening workplaces, the measures have caused a significant loss of income for South Africa's taxi drivers, prompting the government to announce a one-time payment to drivers on Friday, June 19. This payment, linked to government plans to formalize the industry, was deemed insufficient by taxi drivers, leading to protests.

Advice

Individuals in Pretoria and Johannesburg are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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