Red is for go, green is for go for taxis

2016-10-19 06:00

TWO months ago our car broke down and I have been walking to work every day. I never noticed it before - when one drives one just follows the normal route, and obeys the traffic laws.

In these eight weeks I have nearly been run over seven times, every time by a taxi racing through a red traffic light or at a traffic crossing.

Just this morning [14 October] I was almost killed by two taxis both racing through a red traffic light. When I pointed to the lights to show the driver he was in the wrong, he just opened the windows and swore at me in Zulu.

I guess they never had to pass any driving tests.

I have witnessed twice in two weeks, a traffic car with a uniformed traffic officer inside, parked by these same traffic lights and on both occasioned he just watched as the taxis raced through he red traffic lights.

I don’t know if he wasn’t on duty yet, or if he just didn’t care.

I am left with the conclusion that it’s okay to break the traffic laws, and place pedestrians in danger, as long as you are a taxi?

Please can someone who cares, someone of authority in the traffic department do something, especially at the crossing opposite the post office in Longmarket Street, where they love to play racing taxis through red traffic lights.

Innocent people’s lives are in danger, and the traffic laws are being ignored, without consequence.

Pieter Pieters Pietermaritzburg

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