Commuters were left stranded and businesses closed on Thursday as the taxi industry embarked on a protest march against gender-based violence

Commuters along the R510 corridor were seen hitch-hiking, while those in Paardekraal, Sunrise Park and Ramochana walked to town about 10 km away.

Those who were knocking off after their night shift found no taxis at the ranks.

About 500 minibus taxis drove very slowly from the R104 corridor (Tlhabane road) into town. They stopped at the intersection of Beneden and OR Tambo Drive near the taxi rank before driving off into the city.

Those leading the march on foot waved white placards with various messages of solidarity with women. The protesters were expected to hand over a memorandum to the Rustenburg municipality.

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Police were monitoring the march. A police helicopter circled above as the protest march reached town. Despite the march being peaceful, most of the businesses in the inner city were closed.

Afternoon traffic flow is expected to be interrupted.

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Author: ANA Newswire