Dozens of Gauteng taxi drivers have threatened to take to the streets in violent protests if the controversial Bus Rapid Transit System goes ahead.

It comes as officials from the Transport Department and the City of Johannesburg meet over the system on Friday.

Rea Vaya busses are expected to begin operating at the end of the month.

As dozens of taxi drivers transport commuters at the Bree Street Taxi Rank, others sat in their vehicles awaiting their turn to make some money.

Some of them got angry when asked how they felt about the launch: “The government is taking my taxi and my salary. I am angry about this.”

Others felt the system would be good for commuters but said they would be left without jobs because they were not qualified to drive BRT busses.

“I think it is okay but what are we going to do with some code 8.”

Taxi bosses have threatened to take government to court if Rea Vaya busses operate before talks are complete.