11 hurt as Joburg taxi overturns

2012-06-11 12:27

Johannesburg - Eleven people were injured when their taxi overturned in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Monday morning, paramedics said.

The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle on Empire Road and it rolled, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

The injured were treated on the scene before being taken to the Helen Joseph and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic hospitals.

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  • BulletProof - 2012-06-11 12:35

    What a surprise, the spanner skip the nut again.

      procold2 - 2012-06-11 14:26

      he never lost control, he was never in control,

  • andrew.hewittcoleman - 2012-06-11 13:00

    So the driver was doing something stupid, as always, but this time it went wrong. Report bad road behaviour at

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-06-11 13:01

    Don't you just loooooove it when N24 removes your comments?

  • Gavin - 2012-06-11 13:04

    I'm not even gonna dignify this with a response (yes I know what I've typed is a response)

  • richard.zanner - 2012-06-11 13:05

    Well fortunately for the Taxis it happened in peak hours so no consequence. When is somebody going to stand up to the Taxi Associations and say that the slaughter must stop.

      Dee - 2012-06-11 13:28

      Maybe I'm the only person in SA - but I think it's time we stand up for the Taxi service. Indeed there are some poor taxi drivers - but there are some poor drivers on our road - full stop. My sympathetic attitude to taxi drivers was shaped years ago after using their service for a month. And what a fantastic service it was. Since then, I notice and remember MORE times of e.g. was stuck behind a slow truck in left lane - and taxi in rt lane slowed and flashed me to move over and pass. And I PROMISE you this has happened to me more than once. (Maybe because I give way & dont scowl, snarl, try dice and cut in on them?) In the absence of a dedicated taxi lane - let's rather give taxi drivers a break. Theirs is an INCREDIBLY stressful SERVICE - that I certainly could not do flawlessly day in and day out - for a pittance. You make mistakes on the road ... I make mistakes on the road... taxi drivers have a higher chance of making them. Let's stop raging & condemning - and rather give them a break.

      Kala - 2012-06-11 13:42

      @Dee - They constantly break the law which results in more deaths every year than in war torn coutries like Afghanistan. Until they clean up their act they will get no support from me. And its because they provide such a vital service that they need to clean up their act. Thousands of people put their lives into taxi driver's hands everyday. Those are the ones who need to be protected.

      Dee - 2012-06-11 14:00

      Kala - please send me your source of stats .... Afghan war vs SA Taxi deaths. Until then - I cannot respect what amounts to an emotive assertion. The 'they' who 'constantly break the law' could well be extended to all drivers I see on the road ... including past and probably future mistakes of my own. Remember to take the log out of your own eye next time you break the speed limit, forget to put on a seat belt etc etc etc.

      Kala - 2012-06-11 14:31

      "Maybe I'm the only person in SA - but I think it's time we stand up for the Taxi service. " I think you are.

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-06-11 14:51

      Dee, these are not just "any" drivers on the road. They are carrying passengers, often overload, consequently when they break the rules many innocent people get killed not just one or two. As drivers of public service vehicles they should be more careful than most other drivers.

      Dee - 2012-06-11 15:29

      Yes Jeffrey ... and like bus drivers, they should be given a dedicated lane. In the absence of that - give them a break!

      Dee - 2012-06-11 15:31

      Kala - as you failed to get the stats on Afghan war vs SA Taxi drivers ... how about something simpler : SA Taxi driver caused deaths on 11th June 2012 vs other motorist and pedestrian road deaths today.

      Frank - 2012-06-11 15:34

      The Durban Metro Police tried and now they're not even stopping or fining them because of the protests as for the rest of us going to Natal ZERO TOLERANCE .Nex fine I get in Natal Iam going to send it to the taxi ass.

      Kala - 2012-06-11 16:09

      Dee I certainly don't see the need to go and look up statistics to justify why I shouldn't support an organization that kills thousands of our citizens. Rather you provide the statistics of why I should support them. After all its you who is suggesting we change out outlook on these people. I merely read and watch the news to see the death rates. I spend hours driving around and the evidence is there for everyone to see, Take off your blinkers and have a look yourself.

  • Sharon - 2012-06-11 13:16

    the whole of the black population remember sharpville,how many died, you cried end apardheid and so on,well the taxis are taking out more of you people than the whites ever did,the question now is are the taxi drivers white agents and what are you going to do about it

  • shengeboy - 2012-06-11 13:24

    lets not blame the drivers,how about we shift it to the owners that hire sum1 without a pdp & always put preassure to the guy,these people want a huge checking,but refuse to get the car roadworthy.the taxi is on the road 7 days a week,when is the oil changed?these guys are underpaid,thats why they end up paying themselves.i know what im talking about(yes i was a taxi driver before)

      Kala - 2012-06-11 13:44

      Ultimately the reponsibility of the vehicle lies with the driver. There is no excuse or reason for blatantly going to through a red traffic light or driving in the emergency lane (or on the pavement) during peak hour.

  • Pacific - 2012-06-11 13:27

    At this rate there wont be anyone left to expropriate farms without compensation! Good job!

  • Rob - 2012-06-11 13:52

    If the driver lost control surely there are grounds for both crominal and civil actions against him (or her). I wish the injured well, and the driver hell.

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-11 14:22

    @ what speed was this ass traveling?

  • Abdul - 2012-06-11 14:39

    Driver lost control on EMPIRE????Not even an open road!!!!!Too much reklessness..Take a look at the carnage, and perhaps we will drive more carefully. wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Steve - 2012-06-11 14:39

    When is this carnage going to stop?? ANC Government is there anybody listening????

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-11 15:12

    At least 11 people didn't die this time. When the government and traffic officials gonna do something?...

  • fdalana - 2012-06-11 17:22

    apparently,taxis are being used for population control.

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