Residents in Zandspruit woke up to taxi crisis on 19 September as protesting community members blocked roads before marching to Honeydew Police station.
The protests against women and child violence started at around 6 am, forcing the closure of the Zandspruit Taxi Rank and other nearby shops. Most residents and students using taxis to get to their workplaces remained stuck outside the rank until getting back to their homes.
“When we got to the rank, there were no taxis and the roads were blocked,” said Nokuthula Mzamani, who could not get to her work place. “After the protesting members explained what the strike was about, some of us decided to join the protests. We definitely need the police to protect us from the violent people in this area. A lot of women die because of these violent people.”
Mzamani added that women in Zandspruit community are frequent victims of rape and domestic violence and they get unfair treatment from the police.
During the protests, the police deployed to Beyers Naude and Peter Road to monitor the situation and avoid any road closures. The protestors marched from the informal settlement to hand over a memorandum to the Honeydew police station.
Protesters demanded that the police hand over the memorandum to the City of Joburg’s MEC for public safety and the station commander of the Honeydew Police Station.
Efforts to get comment from the Honeydew police spokesperson were fruitless as he could not be reached.