The Gauteng National Taxi Alliance (GNTA) resolved at a mass meeting attended by around 3 000 members yesterday to embark on a two-day long strike over the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the coming weeks.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, GNTA’s general secretary Alpheus Mlalazi said the meeting sought to give a report-back to taxi operators regarding the BRT as well as mapping the way forward.

“It has become clear to all of us now that government is not prepared to address our industry’s concerns over this BRT system, hence the meeting resolved that we go on strike in a bid to put government under pressure.

“Final details on when we will go on strike, will be announced in due course,” he said.

Asked if they were working closely with the other 18 taxi associations in Gauteng, who staged a big march in the city centre earlier this year under the auspices of the United Taxi Association Forum (Utaf), Mlalazi said they were not, but said they understood Utaf’s concerns around the BRT.

He added that government has failed to respond to their enquiries around BRT.

Yesterday’s meeting came a few days after Utaf gave the new administration until next week Saturday (June 6) to come back to them to resume negotiations around the matter, described by many within the taxi industry as “contentious”.

They (Utaf) also made it clear at a similar gathering at the Jabulani Amphitheatre earlier this month that “something” will happen should government fail to address their concerns and that the BRT will only be implemented if they say so.