Taxi wars stunt black economy

2017-08-24 06:00
opinionThembile Ndabeni

opinionThembile Ndabeni

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An enemy is not one of your kind, but all those whose aim is to oppress and exploit your ilk. Africans are oppressed through discrimination and disrespect.

Africans are being exploited with underpayment, starvation wages and long hours of work without compensation.

These capitalists aim is to exploit Africans and their resources.

They have a systematic way of deceiving Africans while they run away with the riches of Africa.

I fail to understand why Africans regard each other as enemies.

The mainstream economy is in the hands of the White minority capital. Africans being the majority are trying to earn a living from the meagre resources and the crumbs left by the minority, yet fight against each other.

In business, competition is healthy.

Why do Africans fight in the taxi industry? Even taxi people being regarded as “irhohro” has no precedent.

Taxi operators of the past were warm, caring and loving.

What informed their behavior, attitude, and approach is our values as Africans.

I first saw taxi violence between 1986/7. I watched a sad documentary on Cutting Edge about the taxi violence involving two feuding associations. Obviously there were casualties from both sides. More pathetic and painful was the sight of ordinary people, being caught in the crossfire. Something must be done about taxi violence.

All leaders, including from the community and faith, must play their part in ending this scourge.

Why do Africans fight? We grew up watching them in white duster-coats in the taxi industry.

It was the likes of messrs Ludada, Mngwevu, Sixishe, Mosia, Mosiane, Kutumane, Barnes, Reverend Memani, Mbongo, Makhaluza and others.

Yayingutata, oobhuti abanesidima, isithozela nothando.

They were role models and parents. They were human and loving.

Even before the mantra: “the client is always right”.

What informed them was Ubuntu, ubuzali, uthando, uvelwano and ubutata.

In the documentary, they promised never to fight again, but they did.

The sad consequences of such actions are loss of limb or life.

Then you have orphans, and the change in the life lived by the victims and families.

Ordinary people cannot get to work because they use taxis or are intimidated from using alternative transports.

An everlasting solution is needed. In the past communities took charge because it happened to them.

Therefore community leaders must come to the fore. Leaders of faith play your part as your predecessors did.

Taxi violence maims brother against brother. We Africans are more related through clan names. Therefore there is no way that from each side there are no relatives. While they are busy fighting what about the result of having orphans, widows who will start on a new path of starvation?

If we are enemies to each we will never arrive at the peak of the economy. It starts on a smaller scale to be independent. Your business no matter how small is a start towards economic power.

If they can’t do it for themselves, can they do it for Mandela and the entire nation, the down-trodden and the poorest of the poor who rely on them as, husbands, parents, brothers, transporters, and employers?


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