Im­pound­ing means of liveli­hood is cruel and a step too far

Cape Times - - OPINION -

THE emo­tional im­pact that lies with house­holds of so many Uber driv­ers seems to be miss­ing the point with Cape Town leg­is­la­tion.

Did any­one think that the chil­dren of these driv­ers and part­ners need to be fed, with food on their ta­ble and a roof over their head? The only way this is pos­si­ble, is for their par­ents to earn a liv­ing.

With driv­ers not be­ing able to work, this leads to not be­ing able to feed a child, not be­ing able to pay rent/bonds, etc. Kids could be­come home­less or un­der­nour­ished.

Uber has cre­ated an easy plat­form for em­ploy­ment in Cape Town which is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to find as there is a high per­cent­age of un­em­ploy­ment in South Africa.

Uber also pro­vides a com­fort­able work en­vi­ron­ment and al­lows en­trepreneurs who have the pas­sion to drive or own a busi­ness to ven­ture into this field.

Now cars are be­ing im­pounded with­out per­mits; how­ever these cars have been op­er­at­ing for many years and now the gov­ern­ment de­cides these cars must be taken off the road by im­pound­ing them. My ques­tion is, why now?

Why af­ter all this time is so much ac­tion taken? Shouldn’t this have been recog­nised long ago?

Uber has also been open about the fact that ap­pli­ca­tions have been made for per­mits by part­ners but due to the back­log of the City, per­mits have not been pro­vided.

My next ques­tion is, who is tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the back­log? Cars, are just be­ing im­pounded due to the laws need­ing to be fol­lowed.

What puz­zles me more is, where is the money go­ing to once the fines for im­pound­ments are paid – and it’s not a few rand, it’s thou­sands of cars be­ing im­pounded.

Yes, ev­ery­one needs to obey the law. How­ever, my view is that it’s time the laws were changed as times are chang­ing. We are liv­ing in a mod­ern so­ci­ety which should al­low peo­ple to run a busi­ness and not be blocked by a piece of paper, thereby caus­ing our kids to suf­fer be­cause their par­ents are job­b­less.

The way I see things, trans­port laws should fo­cus on over­load­ing, hi­jack­ing, be­ing neg­li­gent while driv­ing and, most of all, safety.

The mes­sage our gov­ern­ment is giv­ing me as a South Africa cit­i­zen is that de­ci­sions made by the gov­ern­ment must be fol­lowed, no mat­ter how many cit­i­zens suf­fer un­der these laws, no mat­ter how many kids are left hun­gry and home­less.

Change, doesn’t take place, opin­ions don’t mat­ter. We as hu­man be­ings are gov­erned by those laws, no mat­ter the price we have to pay as hu­man be­ings.

Be­ing a South African cit­i­zen causes tears, pain and hard­ship. C Sas­man Kensington

LEFT HUN­GRY: Uber driv­ers suf­fer un­der the law, says the writer.

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