Stranded commuters faced long queues at Nyanda taxi rank on Thursday as the national bus strike entered its second day. PHOTO: ANA

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Thousands of Cape Town commuters face second day of chaos due to bus strike

CAPE TOWN, April 19 – Thousands of commuters across Cape Town were left frustrated on Thursday as long queues formed at taxi ranks across Cape Town as the nationwide bus industry strike entered its second day.

At some of the central line taxi ranks, chaos reigned as taxi operators tried desperately to accommodate the tens of thousands of additional commuters.

Drivers in the bus sector affiliated to the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) embarked on a national strike on Wednesday after wage negotiations with employer bodies, Commuter Bus Employers Organisation and South African Bus Employers Association (Sabea), reached a deadlock.

The workers are demanding a 12 percent wage increase across the board while employers are offering only seven percent.

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