Post about daily commute on public transport will stir your heart

11 March 2019 - 08:16 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Thousands have reacted to a Facebook post by Zama Titi on public transport.
Thousands have reacted to a Facebook post by Zama Titi on public transport.
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Thousands of Facebook users have shared a post by Zama Titi in which he talks about the difficulties of those who commute on public transport to get to work.

In the post, he does not only address these challenges, but he asks people to spare a thought for their colleagues and employees who go through similar issues, and to be kind. 

"This is the reality of your family members, colleagues or employees. They were up since 04h00 this morning to get to work at 08h00. Chances are, they left some toddler to prepare himself for school," wrote Titi, founder and CEO of Bid-Me!.

The post sports pictures of informal settlements, long lines at the taxi rank and people overloaded in a Metro rail train. 

Titi goes on to touch on what it takes for these people to get to work in one piece and on time; citing crime, long lines at the taxi rank, and overloaded public transport as some of the reasons that could easily prevent them from commuting smoothly.

He says these colleagues bear unthinkable pain and ordeals such as witnessing a neighbour's daughter falling victim to rape - yet when they get to work, they make no mention of the things.

"They don't mention that a neighbour's child was raped, their friend was stabbed, and oh the left-over foods you gave them from your staff braai on Friday came in handy for their [unemployed] aunt's kids."  

"When you scold them for being late, they smile and say it won't happen again! All they mean is that tomorrow - they will get up at 03h00."

Facebook users reacted to the post:

Siyabonga Jobela:"Hhayi, sandukenza emo ebusuku." (Stop it, i'm getting emotional)

Samantha McKnight Matiwane: "Sibuthwele ubunzima." (We are suffering)

Tamaswati Nqobile Dlamini: "And I get to see this in my line of duty almost every day. Just spare a little thought."

Esme Sthole Bhengu: "True life, normal life to a black person right there."


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