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CT taxi passengers say the shutdown is putting more pressure on their finances

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The closure of Santaco taxis in the Western Cape capital is in its second day, forcing people to arrange alternative journeys.

CAPE TOWN – Angry Cape Town taxi passengers on Tuesday said the shutdown would put further pressure on their already tight budgets.

A shutdown in the Western Cape led by the National Taxi Council of SA entered its second day on Tuesday, forcing people to arrange alternative travel.

Commuters traveling through the Belleville train station said it’s unfair they have to pay for a fight between the provincial government and taxi bosses.

“I was telling my friend, ‘Hey buddy,’ I had to borrow money to catch the bus. The reason is that I used a taxi and didn’t know about the cost of buses, now I don’t have money to go back home,” said one 23-year-old student, who accused the taxi bosses of being selfish.

Another student, who was in a hurry to hitchhike to the Belhar College campus, said the strike was a big inconvenience.

“I’m coming from Gryffindale. I had to take the train to get there and then go to Belhar. Now I have to walk or try to hitchhike,” she said.

Those passengers said they hoped the problem would be resolved by the end of today.

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