Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was forced to flee from Soshanguve, Pretoria, after disgruntled taxi operators refused to let him speak.
Patently angry drivers, who demanded government dig deeper into their pockets for a R20 000 relief subsidy, questioned why the SA National Defence Force was at their “peaceful” protest.
As Mbalula struggled to field the many questions, his security detail opted to whisk him away.
Mbalula rushed to the scene after police fired rubber bullets at taxi operators blocking roads with burning tires.
The KwaZulu-Natal taxi bosses have also put their hand up to possibly down tools tomorrow.
The South African National Civic Organisation has appealed for calm from operators, saying the shutdown was meant to be a peaceful protest.
The R55 in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, which was closed by aggrieved operators, has been reopened by police soon after rubber bullets were fired.
– The Citizen