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Taxi Protest over Mbombela’s Ruined Roads

Mbombela taxi operators caused major disruptions on Wednesday by blockading roads into Pienaar to protest dangerous driving conditions. Joined by frustrated residents, drivers used taxis and buses to seal off key routes demanding better infrastructure.

Operators say months of pleas to fix torn-up roads like Lihawu, Gedlembane and Tekwane North have been ignored. With national elections ahead, the protest aimed to force action on the long-standing issue.

“We just want these roads fixed. Not tarred overnight, but made drivable,” said one taxi owner. Constant repairs from damage cost profits while the government neglects them and drivers are charged.

Another stressed it’s not political – the whole community is fed up with impassable roads. “Our cries are genuine. Authorities know this but don’t care,” he said.

The operators vowed to escalate demonstrations if no repairs commence soon. It’s not their first protest over the matter, but previous tire burnings failed to spur change.

Residents argued that just because they live outside town doesn’t mean they deserve destroyed roads. The protest aimed to drive home their demand to simply make routes passable again.

With elections ahead, drivers hope outcry finally compels action. But authorities have yet to address the urgent situation leaving citizens stranded.

The operators emphasize they just want accountability, not miracles. But convincing officials to fund maintenance remains an uphill battle.