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Is the taxi industry justified in flouting restrictions that hurt them?

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As one would expect, when you push a person deep enough into a corner, at some point they may have no other option but to attack. Would it be right or wrong?


30 Jun 2020
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Is the taxi industry justified in flouting restrictions that hurt them?

Taxis parked outside Bree Taxi rank in Johannesburg, 22 June 2020. Picture: Nigel Sibanda. (This picture is used for illustrative purposes only.)

A question as old as the law itself: is it just to disobey an unjust law? On the face of it, the taxi industry’s rejection of a R1.135-billion injection into the relief fund, just for its own sector, seems rather surprising. One wouldn’t think that that amount is anything to scoff at, though the clever money seems to believe that when broken down, it comes to about R5,000 per taxi. R5,000 per vehicle is better than nothing, especially if you’re working with a fleet, but it’s hardly enough to even service a Quantum. Factor in that under regulations, taxi’s are...

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