2013 September 02, I read here on News24 a story about a taxi driver who died after his minibus taxi overturned. To my surprised people commented to the story, rejoicing and celebrating his death. By looking at these comments, I can tell that in some people's house were parties yesterday for 1 taxi driver is dead. BUT WHY? Why do you celebrate when taxi driver dies?
I did not know that South Africa has so many heartless people. People who rejoice when a brother dies, this is so heartless. One may argue that taxi drivers are reckless and think that they own the road, but celebrating the death of an honest person is another story. Why do you celebrate when a taxi driver dies?
This gentleman was not killed while committing crime but when doing an honest job, trying his best to put bread on the table. Today as I am writing this article, his family is mourning, they lost a son, a brother and a father and there you are, typing comments of celebration. If I may ask, what is it that the man did to you that you end up hating him this much? Did he ever break in to your house and steal or did he ever crash your lovely Ferrari beyond repair?
Correct me if I'm wrong, most of the people, if not all, who commented celebrating this young man's death are whites and have never used taxis in their lives. And this brings me to this; South Africa was under the oppression of whites. During that period many whites have died and are still dying, I do not remember my family celebrating any of their death. I may hate you that I even hate your shadow but will never celebrate your death. Maybe this is what you want; when a white man dies in South Africa all blacks celebrate that one oppressor is dead. How will you feel when you come to work and find your black colleagues are having a party celebrating the death of your brother, saying our country is getting safer?
Don't get me wrong here, I am not promoting reckless driving and will never promote it. Not all taxi drivers are reckless and not all of you who are rejoicing are good drivers. Let one of you comment and say that he has never exceeded a speed limit in his life. I know to some people I am talking craps, but a person's life is different from that of a goat. In case you don't know, taxi drivers are paid by commission on weekly basis unlike you. For an example, if a driver brings R 100.00 a day he will be R100.00 a week. In order for him to be paid better, he has to work double hard. Remember if a taxi gets a break down, a driver will not be paid for the day his taxi was not working. Can you imagine the pressure they have every day? I repeat, by so saying I do not promote reckless driving.
BUT WHY? Why do you celebrate when a taxi driver dies?
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