Taxi owners must support

2016-03-03 06:00

The taxi industry is the most successful black-run business sector in South Africa.

Most taxi bosses have a large fleet of minibuses at their disposal and employ hundreds of drivers.

The taxi business is a vital part of township life.

Because of this, I believe it has an important part to play in fighting the tik or drug scourge.

Society always complains about drug addiction among the youth.

But some of us, especially taxi drivers, are the ones who give money to addicts to satisfy their drug craving.

Our unemployed youth stand on street corners around townships, some being used as touts for passenegers. For this, the drivers pay them a small fee.

It is a well-known fact that most of these young people, use this money to buy drugs. Why are we allowing this to happen? Feeding schemes are a great way of helping the poor.

Non-profit organisations cook meals and donate and deliver them to those in need.

Other NPOs give food parcels to the less fortunate.

Beneficiaries include the youth, some of whom are drug addicts.

These young drug-users take the food parcels and sell them to buy drugs.

Society has no moral right to complain about addicts when it is helping to feed this habit.

Taxi associations and charities must rethink the way they do business. They have an important role to play in helping to create a drug-free Mzansi.

Monica Leku Site C

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