Motorists line up in front of a licensing and testing department.
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- Seven Johannesburg licensing departments were forced to close on Wednesday.
- Driving school operators downed tools against the government‘online reservation system.
- The City of Johannesburg has closed the centers for the safety of employees and property.
The City of Johannesburg has been forced to close seven of its licensing services after protests escalated over booking dates.
The City said the centers were closed on Wednesday.
The ongoing strike by Gauteng driving schools over the online booking system has forced the city to shut them down.
“The Gauteng government’s changes to the driver’s license and test booking system, which prevents third parties from booking services on behalf of individuals or groups, have left many groups and individuals unhappy.
“Our licensing services and testing stations have been impacted by this protest. This is despite the decision to change the booking system being a directive from the Gauteng government,” he added.
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“The province-wide protest action is an attempt by affected running groups and individuals who have taken advantage of previous practice to get the Gauteng government to heed their demands.
“The City’s licensing department has unfortunately also been a victim of the unrest. The centers have therefore been forced to stop their activities.”
The city said it closed the centers to save lives and property.
The centers concerned are the licensing departments Midrand, Strijdom Park, Roodepoort City Hall, Region E, Langlaagte, Ormonde and Eureka House.
However, the Randburg and Dube licensing departments are still operational.
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