- The South African Taxi industry operators are getting impatient with the government's lack to delivery to promises of a fruitful 2010, just around the corner to the FIFA World Cup event.
Operators in the Western Cape - which includes Cape Town - today went on strike delivering a memorandum to the transport department with a list of demands that includes a call for less intimidation from law enforcement agencies as well as clear line cuts between their operations and newly introduced bus services.
The protests almost turned violent as some buses were reportedly stoned by the protestors.
The taxi operators, under the Western Cape Taxi Alliance, have also given government just seven days to respond to their demands or face further mass action.
Taxi operators across South Africa have felt threatened with the introduction of rapid bus services aimed at speedy delivery of passengers to and from work, which will also be a model transport for the World Cup visitors.
Many of the taxi operators had hoped to make good cash-ins during the World Cup event to be hosted by South Africa in June this year.
This will be the first World Cup hosted by an African country, with millions of soccer supporters expected to flow into the country to cheer their teams during the month-long event.
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