Taxi trou­bles

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

AXI WARS have been a fea­ture of the South African pub­lic trans­port land­scape for many years. Over the years, hun­dreds of lives have been lost need­lessly as op­er­a­tors and as­so­ci­a­tions bat­tle for a slice of the lu­cra­tive business upon which 15 mil­lion com­muters de­pend daily.

With an an­nual rev­enue es­ti­mated at R39.8 bil­lion, the in­dus­try has over the years grown into ar­guably South Africa’s largest black-owned sec­tor, with about 250 000 ve­hi­cles.

Last week, five peo­ple died when gun­men opened fire at a rank in Wind­mill Park in Boks­burg. This in­ci­dent must not be al­lowed to slip un­der the radar – au­thor­i­ties must stop this cy­cle of vi­o­lence.

Not only are de­fence­less driv­ers be­ing mowed down, but in­no­cent pas­sen­gers are also caught in the cross­fire. If not stopped, the spi­ral will con­tinue to rage. Pas­sen­gers must not take their lives in their hands when they catch a taxi.


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