Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
6 minute read
27 May 2021
5:57 pm

Workers’ daily game of Russian roulette on the Road of Death

Sipho Mabena

Maria Mahlangu can still smell the burning flesh of her 6 fellow bus passengers, who burned to death during their daily 8 hour work commute.

Early morning commuters at the Belle Ombre bus station in Marabastad, Pretoria, 27 May 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

For domestic worker Maria Mahlangu, and thousands others like her, every day starts and ends with a terrifying daily game of Russian roulette on the Road of Death. This is because in order to get to work or school in Pretoria, Gauteng, they have to travel on the infamous Moloto Road (R573) in the early hours of each morning, and repeat the trip at night, when they head back to the former KwaNdebele homeland in Mpumalanga. “You get on the bus knowing that you might not get off alive," she explained to The Citizen on Wednesday. Also Read: Government to...