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Taxi funding, the other plague that is here to stay

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Why should the Gautrain chew up taxpayer money when it transports so few people compared to Toyota Quantums?


30 Jun 2020
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Taxi funding, the other plague that is here to stay

KwaMashu taxi operators block the freeway in protest on Monday, 29 June 2020. Photo: Twitter/@Nyuswapw

South Africa looks more and more like a Mad Max movie every day. In the post-apocalyptic chaos of burning car tyres, gunfire, rocks and concrete-strewn roads, the “road warriors” roar along their lawless way. In this venal, “me-first” culture (substitute “road warriors” for taxis), it is the innocents who get hurt. Because our taxi bosses have chosen Covid-19 as the battlefield on which they wish to challenge the crumbling vestiges of what passes for authority in this many more people will get sick. And many more will die – because a taxi must be filled to the brim, chance of...

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