Unlicensed conductor crashes into Kia, then bolts from scene

2008-09-02 00:00

A man alleged to be a taxi conductor with no driver’s licence is on the run after he crashed a minibus taxi fully occupied by school children, injuring 18 people, including the driver of the vehicle he hit.

The police and the Northern Suburbs Taxi Association (NTSA) are looking for the conductor, who collided head-on with a Kia after failing to negotiate a bend in Baijoo Road, Raisethorpe, early yesterday.

The owner of the taxi, only identified as Jonathan, was shocked at the driving skills of his employee. “I can’t understand why he was driving on the wrong side of the road,” he said.

One of the passengers in the taxi, Mthobi Mphephanduku, claimed that he is the licensed driver recently employed to drive the taxi.

“It was supposed to be my first day at work and the [conductor] was showing me the route,” he said. However, the taxi owner did not recognise Mphephanduku as his new employee and could not say who was driving at the time of the accident.

He refused to give further comment and promised to provide a detailed response later. When contacted later yesterday, Jonathan said he was looking for the alleged conductor.

Msunduzi Municipality Traffic spokeswoman Carol Tarr said the taxi was impounded and they are investigating the alleged conductor.

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that police are looking for the man.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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