Soweto taxi commuters to pay the price for route closures

Taxi commuters in Soweto will face major challenges traveling to work from Friday. Courtesy

JOHANNESBURG - Soweto commuters are bracing themselves for being late at work and school.

From Friday, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi is shutting down six major taxi routes and ranks for three months because of violence that had left three people dead and injured six others.

But commuters say the alternative transport government officials want them to use is unreliable and unsafe.

WATCH: Soweto commuters furious over taxi routes closure

While Vadi’s actions have been criticised by some commuters and taxi operators, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union has commended the MEC saying his decision will help to quell the spate of violence.

However, the union admits the route closures will negatively impact the township economy in general, as well as poor and working-class commuters.

eNCA reporter Malungelo Booi spoke to affected Soweto commuters.

Watch the video above.