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Taxi driver in road rage attack

2012-03-12 08:50

Johannesburg - A man was injured over the weekend when he was beaten by a minibus taxi driver in an apparent road rage incident, according to a report on Saturday.

Alan Molaudi was driving on Jan Smuts Avenue in Hyde Park when a minibus taxi cut in front of him forcing him to stop, The Star newspaper reported.

Molaudi said he tried to speak to the driver, but he swore at him.

At the next set of traffic lights the taxi driver stopped behind him and got out of his vehicle with a knobkerrie.

Molaudi also got out of his car and was hit on the arm by the other driver. Passengers of the taxi tried to stop the assault.

The taxi driver took Molaudi's car keys out of the ignition stopping him from driving off.

He was then hit in the ribs and finger, fracturing them.

"If he had a gun he would have shot me. I am angry. I don't know if I will be okay. I can't breathe for long because my chest is sore and my nose is blocked. I can't walk properly. All I need is justice."

Molaudi was able to take note of the licence plate and police confirmed a case had been opened.

Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-03-12 08:57

    It is truly ironic that taxi drivers actually cause the frustration 99% of the time. Are these 2 recent road rage events isolated, or a new trend?

      procold2 - 2012-03-12 10:22

      new trend sharon these guys have no respect for the law or rule of the road, they are militant,arrogent and aggresive and unless government and the legal system dont hit back with very harsh sentences these people will re write the road rule book and become a law unto themselves.

      Toze.Pina - 2012-03-12 13:09

      and they are exempted from tolls payment!

      Jay - 2012-03-12 13:51

      im glad they dont ride over us and kick us in the head afterwards anymore. im impressed that they only beat you with a knobkerri now. proof that even the worst humans have kindness in there hearts and can evolve.

      James - 2012-03-12 17:01

      Taxi drivers go to hell!!!

  • Tinotenda - 2012-03-12 09:06

    Its crazy how taxi drivers think they own the roads and can do whatever they want. Plus who carries a knobkerrie as a driving accessory.

      Peter - 2012-03-12 09:25

      I carry a 9 mm - to protect myself from taxi drivers.

      Matt - 2012-03-12 09:27

      I do the same.

      Johann - 2012-03-12 09:39

      And won't pay toll gate money!

      Toze.Pina - 2012-03-12 13:14

      Johan is on the point. Being exempted from payment of tolls like everybody else gives them a sense of even greater impunity at a atime when is clear they are the worst road offenders and liable for most road deaths.

      James - 2012-03-12 15:27

      Aim for the chest Peter..

  • David - 2012-03-12 09:30

    Why are you calling this Road Rage? This is blatant gangsterism...its not some "fad word" its simple crime.

  • Andre - 2012-03-12 09:41

    Please may that day come soon that all minibus taxi drivers are banned forever

  • Dumisani Garande - 2012-03-12 09:43

    carrying a 9mm soundz good, but if u dnt have 1 dnt confront the crazy zulu guy who happenz t b weilding a knobkerry. stay in your car. wat did he he was going to happen.?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-03-12 15:35

      My English teacher died many years ago

      Nadine Booyse - 2012-03-12 21:18

      It is sad that you think carrying a firearm is going to help, it won't. If you do shoot and injure or kill a taxi driver, you become the criminal. You go to jail. Don't think self defense will get you off in south Africa, you will be blamed for being a racist and you will be charged for hate crimes and murder. Besides, from my experience in the gun industry, there are not many people who could actually defend themselves with a gun.

  • Edwhynot - 2012-03-12 09:45

    Wonder what will happen if taxi drivers start getting hit, like some underground force target them and start assaulting and killing them at random. Muwahahahahahahahahaha (trollface)

  • 2cool - 2012-03-12 09:51

    Ek wag vir dai taxi driver wat my gaan probeer aanval!! daar wag 'n aangename verassing vir hom.

      Phoenix - 2012-03-12 09:57

      Ek dog sulke 'favours' in teen die wet? Of doen jy dit verniet?

      Monique - 2012-03-12 13:28

      Solank hulle net nie vibrate nie, ne?

      Phoenix - 2012-03-12 14:00

      No ways Monique my comment is gedelete LOL. Ek praat van ouer tannies moet 'Groot haarkapsels'... dit vibrate hoe meer m**rig hulle raak.

  • BuzzM - 2012-03-12 09:59

    This is becoming an almost-daily occurrence! We South Africans have become far too tolerant of this group of people driving as they like, stopping where they like with complete disregard for the law, being a danger to their passengers and other road users and taking the law into their own hands! Sure, there are polite taxi drivers out there, but something has to be done about this kind of behaviour. It is spiralling out of control!

  • wendsolivier - 2012-03-12 10:06

    Wow. Now they are starting to attack their own people. These taxi drivers need to be taught a lesson.

  • Nathi - 2012-03-12 10:09

    Guys and gals. Like all predators and bullies, taxi drivers will get the upper hand over you when you show fear. 3 weeks ago I had a run @ Noord Sreet Taxi rank in JHB. Same sort of a-hole that the above mentioned guy had to deal with plus 8 others. I stood my ground and told 'em I ain't scared of them, and if it comes to blows at least 3 of them will be in the hospital with me. And you know what, they backed down. Bullies think twice when confronted by the same attitude. So protect yourselves and don't be victims. Guns are a no no, cause they will produce another firearm from the perpetrator.

  • duane.vanvuuren - 2012-03-12 10:12

    Ai! Taxi drivers. Time and time and time and time again. It seems like there isn't even a day that goes by without us reading a story on this site about one or other taxi driver involved in wreckless driving or road rage like incidents. Unfortunately just like there is no cure for the common cold there is no cure for arrogance and stupidity either. Let's get these morons off our roads. The same goes for all selfish road users, not just the taxis.

  • theO rAcLe - 2012-03-12 10:13

    DO NOT REGISTER FOR eTOLLS

  • Elize - 2012-03-12 10:19

    Justice??? What's that??

      Sidney - 2012-03-12 10:22

      Justice is when you get out of your car and give the guy an opvoedkindige snotklap.

  • Tshe - 2012-03-12 10:31

    I wonder why majority of taxi drivers are so arrogant and short-tempered. is because of their failure to reach their owner's target or cant meet up with their girlfriends demands and we turn-out to be victims. All perpetrators should be punished and be forced to under-go anger management. Do they have families or extended family members?

  • Jacob - 2012-03-12 10:34

    it's amazing how the south african government or the anc, wants to have a say in world affairs and wants a permanent seat on the u.n security council, but it's evident that they can't even wipe their own asses they are totally incompetant if you cant even exercise control in your own country, shamefull they still have at least three hundred years of training, and still the arrogance...you only making fools of yourselfs bcos the world is not stupid

  • ArchAngel - 2012-03-12 11:29

    @ the driver victim: if YOU had a gun you could have avoided being assaulted. @Peter: +1. @Matt: +1. @Sidney: and what do the women carry then? If physical strength alone is the defining factor in any conflict situation the strong will always oppress the weak. When you are armed nobody can oppress you or force you to do their will. They can only convince you with facts, logic and common sense. Those that want to remove the right to carry arms have this theory that a woman lying naked, raped and strangled in an alleyway is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police why her would be rapist's bullet riddled body is making dark stains on her lounge floor after she shot him. Madness!!! We should fight against this victim mindset as armed citizens are safer than disarmed victims. No amount of legislation (LAWS) restricting legal gun ownership has ever, or will ever, reduce crime in any way as criminals do not obey laws anyhow.

      Abisali - 2012-03-12 23:38

      I MUST agree on this post of yours. We need to lose our SHEEP mentality, it is what this government wants to force upon us, that we are incapable of defending ourselves and that we are not to be trusted with firearms. Only because the government KNOWS that if they DISARM us we are like SUBJECTS, and if we keep our GUNS we are CITIZENS. ARMED CITIZENS ARE SAFE. UNARMED PEOPLE ARE VICTIMS!

  • sbonelo.s.ngwenya - 2012-03-12 11:52

    my tazer and pepper spray is always by my side for such situations. I always stay in my vehicle shud such situations arise. I lock my doors and close all my windows.but should u touch my car then u will LEARN TO RESPECT the hard way...

  • billidp - 2012-03-12 13:19

    Road rage from the worst drivers on the planet? That is really ironic!

  • gkongghong - 2012-03-12 14:13

    They think we are scared of them. They march when they are not happy of something, so why can't we also march for their behavour. I think this is time for us to sent a strong message to them and if they think they will hurt us we can hit them hard.

  • Matthew - 2012-03-12 15:13

    Would love to be some freak experiment hulk like or otherwise and just go vigil anti on all the taxis in south africa not even bullets would help them taxi's and their nonsense all gone in the space of a week... oh well,back to reality...just another day in south africa =/

  • James - 2012-03-12 15:25

    Taxi drivers go to hell...

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-12 16:10

    I WISH I WAS THERE TO REPEATEDLY ASSAULT THE TAXI DRIVER WITH MY TAZER

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-12 23:56

    I witnessed a bad assault on the road to Uitenhage today. Whatever the reason - the 3 youths started to assualt a fourth one - kicking him in the ribs and face. I stopped and started shouting at them. I wish I had a firearm on me, just to fire a warning shot. They paid absolutely no attention to me. A car with three older guys stopped and started remonstrating with them. They were paying no attention. As soon as they pulled one off the victim, the others started attacking. An "umlungu' in a big vehicle stopped - probably wondering why a White chick was going crazy on the side of the road. Suddenly the whole situation changed. The fight stopped - and everyone started explaining. WTF? We have a long way to go, South Africa.

  • howard.mukosera - 2012-03-13 08:00

    How about the poor pedestrian who was knocked down by this taxi and as if to say I'm angry you are not dead the taxi driver gets out and kicks the poor man who is trying to get up: and guess what no one comes to his rescue. Speak of a law unto themselves, they should be punished becoz we are tired of these terrible killers on our roads.Shame on democracy.

  • malcolm.hepplewhite - 2012-03-13 10:10

    If you are allowed by the law enforcers to openly disobey the laws of the road, why on earth should you obey any other of the country's laws?

  • somesanityplz - 2012-03-13 10:15

    MDF793GP This driver came out of his car and threatned to beat hell out of me blaming me of blocking traffic at University of Joahnnesburg, gate no. 2, drop -off zone while taking bag out of my car. There were atleast 5 cars droping people but some how he decided to threat me over nothing, he didn't stop just there later followed our car and close to Oriental Plaza, blocked us and try to force us out of our car so he can beat us, don't know what some people eat in their breakfast.date of incident-13 march 2012 time 7.50 am

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