A horrific collision between a taxi and a South African Post Office truck on the R41 from Randfontein resulted in the death of fourteen people. It is believed that the taxi veered in front of a truck causing a head-on collision.
Millions of people travel in taxis to work each day, as South African does not have a functional public transport system. Taxi drivers are known to be ruthless and above the law when on the roads. Thousands of accidents are caused by reckless, inconsiderate and downright dangerous taxi drivers. While there are the occasional decent taxi drivers who do respect the laws of the road, most ignore these laws and drive without consideration for other vehicles. It is the aggressive and inconsistent actions of taxi drivers that make traveling on South African roads dangerous for all.
The emergency and law enforcement personnel who have to attend to accident incidents have the sympathy of the country. It is these people who have to deal with the horrific scenes and clean up operations.
It is estimated that over 1000 people die each year on the roads of South Africa, and while that is a significantly high number, the reality and truth cannot be ignored. Suppressing the truth that people die every day as a result of road accidents, murder, and other criminal activities will not fix the problems.
In South Africa 50 people a day are murdered, and it is staggering to accept that innocent people are killed. The lawlessness and corruption happening in South Africa are a cause of individuals being killed either on roads and through crime. The world needs to know that the carnage going on in South Africa is a direct result of the government’s non-intervention. As long as the government continues to ignore the taxi problem, because there are links between drivers and government officials, the deaths on South African roads will never end.
By Laura Oneale
Source: CICA South Africa
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