WATCH | Commuters at risk as taxi drives into oncoming traffic

31 October 2019 - 11:04 By IAVAN PIJOOS
Commuters say they are bullied when they criticise taxi drivers who are driving dangerously.
Commuters say they are bullied when they criticise taxi drivers who are driving dangerously.
Image: Gallo Images/Foto24/Lulama Zenzile

Many commuters have no choice but to sit quietly while taxi drivers put their lives at risk by driving recklessly.

This incident was captured by Lesego Kgame on Wednesday afternoon.

Kgame was sitting in the front seat when the taxi she was travelling in drove into oncoming traffic in Louis Botha Road, Wynberg, north of Johannesburg.

In her video, shared on Twitter, a motorist blocks off the taxi, preventing it from moving.

Kgame said when the passengers voiced their concerns, the taxi driver said: “You see, I’m trying to reverse and he is pressing me.”

Passengers also told the driver he was stubborn.

She said the driver later reversed, switched lanes and swore at the motorist.

“We began to reprimand him and expressed how he was wrong. He also swore at those of us who voiced our opinions.

“A lot of people say passengers are the biggest hypocrites, but when we voice our concerns when the driver is driving recklessly, we are bullied and are scared, as the rage they show to other drivers and passengers is alarming.”

Johannesburg metro police department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar condemned the incident, adding that he would hand over the video to operations officers.


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