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3 May 2016
9:00 am

Taxi carnage has got to be stopped

The rate at which lives are lost in accidents involving taxis is alarming.

Taxi crash. File Photo: ER24

The continued loss of dozens of lives on South Africa’s roads is undeniable proof we are failing to curb the carnage on our roads.

In the latest incident, 15 people died in a crash between a minibus taxi and a lorry in Randfontein on Friday.

On Saturday, two young children and a woman died when the taxi in which they were travelling in overturned outside Potchefstroom.

These fatal crashes occurred weeks after 10 ANC supporters died in a bus accident after the party’s manifesto launch in the Eastern Cape.

While most of these crashes are a result of reckless driver behaviour, it’s time authorities tackled taxis.

The rate at which lives are lost in accidents involving taxis is alarming. It’s no secret that a vast majority of minibus taxis are unroadworthy.

Making matters worse is the hazardous behaviour of taxi drivers who are a law unto themselves. For far too long, traffic law enforcers have treated taxi drives with kid gloves. This must stop if we are to prevent more bloodshed on our roads.