2 drown as taxi plunges into E Cape river

2012-01-30 22:45

Johannesburg - Two passengers drowned when their taxi plunged into a river in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape, police said on Monday.

The taxi was travelling from a funeral in Mfula village to Maland village when the accident occurred on Sunday, said Captain Jackson Manatha.

The taxi's brakes apparently failed while it was crossing the Nqabara River, he said.

The driver rescued six passengers, but two others, aged 55 and 52, drowned.

Manatha said the 24-year-old driver ran away from scene and police were searching for him. A case of culpable homicide had been opened.

  • Sean - 2012-01-30 23:27

    WTF??? Taxis, Taxis, Taxis...... accidents - loss of lives - daily occurances yet our government is not prioritizing taking any real action on these death traps!!! Families are being broken up children are losing their lives, parents are losing their lives leaving orphined kids and all this because no serious action is being taken to start clamping down on these death traps either/or due to un-roadworthiness, invalid/stolen driver's licences, un-licenced drivers, driver's licences bought "under the counter", overloading, smoothe ty Res or re-grooved ty Res, speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence, driving without any consideration for other road-users! The list is absolutely endless when it comes to the causes of these accidents! Not to mention driving on sidewalks, even innocent padestrians have to keep an eye out for oncoming taxis! This is completely out of hand and has become a huge cause of concern!!! It is easy to change legislation's though, but policing/controlling it does not take place! An example - the little yellow stickers stuck on the rear of all taxis and busses etc. WTF are they there for? To make the vehicles look pretty, or to remind the driver's that legislation stipulates that these vehicles are not allowed to travel more than 100km/hour!? I'm yet to see any of these vehicles stick to that speed-limit. Taxis, busses and lorries are overtaking me on the road travelling at speeds way above 100km without any action being taken!!!

  • Steve - 2012-01-31 03:58

    So this taxi was coming from a funeral? Taxis usually tend to take people to funerals whether they like it or not.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-01-31 08:48

    You know what who cares? The transport minister doesnt care, government doesnt care. Since Monday there have been 4 taxi accidents, one involving 2 taxis with 30 young school children. It is just really getting out of and and really pathetic. Lives are being lost in these death traps and all our top guys can do is just speak a few words. No action is been taken. It is time all these death traps be taken off the roads and all these taxi bosses be had up. Government needs to bring a taxi system in like the states with there yellow taxis and in the evening those taxis go back to a depot and get services and maintained. Cause wiyh this taxi industry they only want the money and take short cuts at if ever servicing those death traps. The cops need to get off there fat lazy asses and start laying the law down instead of driving around looking all prwtty and important. I have seen cops drive past overloaded or unroadworthy taxis and do nothing about it. So unless passengers start standing up for themselves and the government starts cracking down on this taxi industry well we just gonna keep reading about more taxi accidents and the deaths of innocent passengers. SO TRANPORT MINISTER AND UR LAZY TRAFFIC COPS GET OFF UR BIG FAT LAZY ASS AND START DOING SOMETHING!!!! ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN UR PATHETIC WORDS,

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