Minibus taxi overloaded with 32 passengers

South African Police Service

Two males, a 29 year old taxi driver, and his 20 year old assistant (conductor) were arrested after overloading a minibus taxi with 32 passengers.

This followed after New Brighton police, New Brighton street patrollers and Provincial Traffic officers conducted a special operation in Sheya Kulati Street, New Brighton. At 08:00 a white Quantum minibus taxi was stopped by the members, and found 32 passengers (4 adults and 28 children) in the taxi.

The 29 year old driver was arrested for overloading. On wanting to move the vehicle to New Brighton police station, there was confusion created by the driver and the conductor of where the keys of the minibus was. After a search of them the keys were found hidden in the underpants of the conductor. He was then arrested for defeating the ends of justice.

Both will appear before the New Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday 28 May 2018.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie has warned that overloading of vehicles, taxis included, poses a severe danger to its passengers. “Combined with the wet roads today, this taxi posed a threat to the lives of those passengers. Parents should educate their children not to get into taxis that are being overloaded.”

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SOURCESouth African Police Service