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Elderly man dead after taxi slams into car

2012-04-20 10:10

Johannesburg - An elderly KwaZulu-Natal man has died after a minibus taxi crashed into his car in Pinetown on Friday morning, paramedics said.

The man, in his late 60s, was turning into Otto Valek road from a side road after 07:00 when the taxi coming down the hill slammed into him, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

He died on the scene.

Fifteen people in the taxi suffered minor injuries.

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Comments
  • ReportMe - 2012-04-20 10:17

    Log on to www.ReportMe.co.za to report bad driving. There are too many injuries and lives lost on our roads.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 10:53

      Does this actually work? Do they actually pay any attention?

  • Mike - 2012-04-20 10:29

    when is government going to stop filling their pockets and start sorting issues like this out? almost everyday there's a taxi killing or injuring somebody

      John - 2012-04-20 10:43

      mike "TAXI" is the key word in just about all fatal traffic accident reports, and gov needs to regulate this industry, the taxi bosses and associations are the greedy guilty party by allowing unlicenced drivers and unroadworthy taxis on the roads, all they worry about is profit and dont give a sh@t about peoples lives in there taxis or other road users.personally i think gov is scared of this industry.

      Mike - 2012-04-20 11:09

      everything you just said about taxis sounds exactly like the way the government operates

  • Jason - 2012-04-20 10:39

    Something needs to be done about taxis, before the general public starts doing it themselves. Two days ago i watched a taxi drive down the Rapid bus lane as if it was put there for him, and this morning another taxi flew past rush hour traffic in the yellow lane with its hazards on. Where are the police at this time of the morning.............drinking coffee no doubt!

      Bob - 2012-04-20 11:00

      Not just the taxis Jason although they are the scourge of the road, this morning I saw a guy in a bakkie travel into CT on the Rapid bus lane, where are the Traffic cops ? I mean you just have to be super ignorant to do such a thing, minimum 20K fine and vehicle impounded until paid might deter this blatant disregard of the law.

      Peter - 2012-04-20 11:05

      Bob .... sometimes these are technical people checking the surface of the lane for damage and adhering to scheduling, stop-timing and the like? Not sure whether this was also as I agree, it would be just plain idiotic to do something like that.

      Kala - 2012-04-20 16:29

      I sit in my office and watch taxis and busses driving on the pavement. The cops are welcome to use my office for a surveillence point. But I guess that would mean pulling them away from arresting 14 year old girls or having a round with a prossie in the back of the van

  • Carry - 2012-04-20 12:23

    THE S.A. TAXI - YOU GET A SPECIAL PETROL LEVY, YOU CAN DRIVE WHERE YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT, YOU CAN STOP WHERE YOU WANT, YOU CAN DRIVE AS FAST OR AS SLOW AS YOU WANT, YOUR TAXI DOES NOT HAVE TO BE ROAD WORTH, YOU CAN FIT AS MANY PASSENGERS IN AS YOU WANT AND TREAT THEM AS BAD AS YOU WANT, YOU MAY KILL AND MAIM AS MANY OTHER ROAD USERS AS YOU WANT ....... AND ARE EXEMPT FROM THE TOLL FEES. THIS SEEMS TO BE THE SAME ATTITUDE OF THE anc.

      Mike - 2012-04-20 12:40

      nice touch with the lower case anc

  • Du Mabaso - 2012-04-20 12:57

    if we had the government . the police .courts and a caring public we would be safer perhaps

  • swavka - 2012-04-20 13:32

    I am changing my number plates to "TAXI" - do you think it will work

  • Bernice - 2012-04-20 13:43

    As long as these "TAXIS" are allowed on our roads these types of stories will never end. They "OWN" the roads and nobody can tell them otherwise. "DARE" to critizise one them if the do something wrong and all hell breaks loose. This country and its laws need a "WAKE" up call. Maybe South Africa should think about letting the "ARMY" take over the duties of SAPS as they seem to do the job better.

  • Bob - 2012-04-21 08:45

    It is Otto Volek not Otto Valek. Taxis whack down this road which is a 60kph speed limit and local authorities do bugger all about it! This poor guy is not the first to die on this section of road!

  • Abdul - 2012-04-21 10:20

    Another taxi....why am i not surprised??!!!!!These drivers show balatant disregard for the law, and are poorly trained.....get every driver to take a look and learn from the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

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