Cape Town taxi strike turns violent

2011-03-14 12:21

Cape Town - Minibus taxi protests turned violent in Cape Town on Monday morning, forcing the police to fire rubber bullets at stone-throwing strikers, a police spokesperson said.

One Golden Arrow bus was stoned in the Mfuleni area and nine people were arrested for public violence, said Warrant Officer November Filander.

"The police did fire some rubber bullets in Nyanga. There are no reports of any injuries," he said.

One person was arrested for public violence in Nyanga, while eight others were arrested in the Mfuleni area.

"There was sporadic stone-throwing at vehicles," said Filander.

Man shot at taxi rank

Filander said the fatal shooting of a man in a bread delivery truck at the taxi rank in Nyanga at 05:00 on Monday was unrelated to the strike, but Western Cape transport and public works MEC Robin Carlisle told News24 that it was related to the protest, and that a child was also hospitalised.

Three armed men attacked the bread delivery workers, killing the man in the passenger seat. The driver ran away.

Meanwhile, in a second incident also in Nyanga, a bread truck was set alight and was later looted by members of the public. One person was arrested, the police spokesperson said.

He said there were no taxis running on the main routes in Cape Town.

Taxi commuters were left stranded in Cape Town on Monday morning as members of the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) started striking to protest against the provincial government.

"There's a lot of unhappiness amongst my members in the Western Cape," said Santaco secretary general Philip Taaibosch.

"It is the only province in South Africa where you find that taxi operators are harassed in such a big way," he told Sapa.

‘Draconian’ traffic laws

Taaibosch said Santaco members were protesting about two matters - the red tape and "sloppiness" around the issuing of operating licences by the provincial government, and the "draconian" traffic laws.

He said authorities regularly impounded taxis without good reason.

"If he is a taxi operator, they just impound his vehicle," said Taaibosch.

He said he had requested his colleagues in the Western Cape to try and set up a meeting with Carlisle to discuss Santaco's concerns.

The strike will end once "the provincial leadership had decided that their issues had been addressed," said Taaibosch.

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  • James - 2011-03-14 12:26

    Scrap them all off our roads ..... we will then get better transport for our people ......

      The Observer - 2011-03-14 12:39


      Makutu - 2011-03-14 12:48

      Let's hope you'll feed their families. Be sensititive IDIOT! Just force them to obey the law rather.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-14 12:50

      Still no word on what their actual demands are. Maybe we will be told soon?

      Homer - 2011-03-14 12:56

      @makutu, would you like the task of forcing them to obey the law? Maybe you should hurry off now to try and diffuse the situation

      ArtGee - 2011-03-14 12:58

      Get them to obey laws rather??? ROFLMAO!!! Rather get COMPETENT TRAFFIC COPS to enforce the LAWS, instead of hiding behind bushes with speed traps!

      daveza - 2011-03-14 13:12

      Why should we feed their families when they are killing ours ?

      watalife - 2011-03-14 13:18

      @Makutu You are the loser of the week, How can you force a taxi owner/driver to obey any law? impound all taxis and make them suffer until they understand the concept of law and the importance of talking instead of acting like a bounch of children...

      Joe Soap - 2011-03-14 13:28

      And how will the workers get to their jobs - there is no effective public transport system - think before making rash, simplistic comments

      Ron - 2011-03-14 13:31

      You cannot control savages, that is why we are a third world country, now they expect our new toll system to work...What a joke...

      Chanelle Greef - 2011-03-14 13:36

      @Rob Gunning - My guess is that their demands are that they should be allowed to break the law where and how they please, and that they should have no competition whatsoever...

      Chris - 2011-03-14 13:51

      @ Makutu They are being asked to do that now and refuse. They are their own worst enemies and will take the whole industry down with themselves. Why should 97% of road users be subjected to the lawlessness of 3% of drivers.

      enjay.1014 - 2011-03-14 13:53

      @ makhutu If they have families to feed then they should start by behaving responsibly on our roads and stop endangering the lives of our families...thank you

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 13:59

      Ok ok ok... People! Do we have a job crisis in South Africa, YES! Do we have an effective public transport system? Well, the Cape Town one is pretty decent. As much as the taxi drivers might be breaking the law, I think that they also need to be thought for. They are complaining for being targeted by the law. These traffic police are not that decent themselves. How then can they really enforce the law if they themselves are corrupt? One officer asked me for a bribe and I refused, he gave me a R1000 fine and I took it and I'll pay it. I don't condemn punishing people that aren't law abiding. But if it will take away break from their children's table then you are not being a human being. Yes, we need our lives protected on the rao, we also need to help the other people make a decent living.

      DW - 2011-03-14 14:18

      @Makutu - it is in forcing them to obey the law that they have now decided to protest. They are against being forced to obey the law. They dont think the "draconian traffic laws" apply to them. By impounding their unroadworthy vehicles, they are being forced to either fix the vehicles (obey the law) or lose the vehicles. I cant think of a better way to force them to obey the law, can you? As to feeding their families, they get no income during this ridiculous strike so they dont seem too concerned about feeding their own families, so I dont know why we have to be sensitive to it. When they realise that their families are not being fed, maybe they will obey the laws and get back to work (or maybe the ANC who is, in all likelihood, behind the strike will feed them...)

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 14:37

      LOL DW... LOL! Well, I live in Cape Town and I can't remember the last time I saw a kak taxi on the roads. Most of the taxis look road worthy. I'm not sure if they are. If you have the facts thay their taxis are not road-worthy, please bring those to the front and lets see them. At the current moment you are just merely speculating. The traffic officers are corrupt too. And there is a possibility that they are targetting the taxi drivers. One day strike won't affect their pockets that much. But if their future is being threatend I fully understand why they might need to sacrifice one day of working. It's aclled sacrifice DW! These gusy also need to make a living. There are thousands if not millions of criminals that hurt people those should be removed. The taxi's just need to be improved. The traffic officers mustn't abuse their power too.

      barkers - 2011-03-14 14:41

      @Makutu, Just force them to obey the law? you are an IDIOT!!

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 14:59

      LOL! I wonder why then we have Law Enforcement officers then. Maybe if they weren't corrupt!

      lean - 2011-03-14 15:52

      Just force them to obey the law rather... How? With AK-47? Sorry but this people only understand guns conversation...

      MyPal_Al - 2011-03-15 08:29

      @ Makutu, so let me understand you correctly. Based on your statements above all the vehicles impounded were done so by corrupt cops. And all those vehicles are in perfect order and no outstanding issues lead to their impounding? Did I understand you correctly. If so can you please bring your detailed proof as you have requested from DW. And while you at it please bring your proof that they officers impounding the taxi's are corrupt, please I want to see your proof too.

      chrismtb007 - 2011-03-15 11:19

      @Makutu.. Now seriously dude, catch a wake up... you say you live in Cape Town, and you havent seen a kak taxi in a long time... where you sleeping under a rock, or in jail??? I count daily 3 out of 5 taxis have a snag, they dont obey the road rules, and they wonder why they are being "tergeted" by the law.... well well well.. On a daily basis I see traffic cops writing out fines, and its not becausse these taxis are targeted, its because they stop in a place where there is a huge clear NO STOPPING sign.... Taxis throughout South Africa have the Winnie Mandela syndrome, they think they are above the law, they will force you off the road so they can turn over 3 lanes to just stop suddenly and let someone off....that is just one way that they endanger everyone in the taxi, and on the roads life, just for a quick R5 from a client... These guys should be targetted, have you seen the stats on our roads, do yourself a favour and have a look at the amount of accidents on our roads, then have a look at how many of them where caused by taxis, weather they are speeding, unroadworthy or just not obeying the traffic laws... Yes, we dont have a very good public transport system, but in Cape Town the Rapid Bus ssytem is almost done, and I heard that this is the main reason for the strike, because people woudl rather sit in a roadworthy bus than a taxi that just cares about cramping as many people into a metal coffin as they can!!!! Wake up Makutu...

  • Chris - 2011-03-14 12:28

    this is only the beginning....end of day = end of life for +-6 people and all of them will be innocent and got nothing to do with these strikes. 5 busses burned down and windows thrown out.

      The Observer - 2011-03-14 12:40

      Beasts, animals don't even do such things.

      feppie - 2011-03-14 16:06

      "It is the only province in South Africa where you find that taxi operators are harassed in such a big way," What Philip Taaibosch means : it's the only province where they can't do as they please :(

  • Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-14 12:28

    How unusual - lawless taxi drivers?

      Mikea - 2011-03-14 13:13

      Exactly. What can you do with savages that don't obey anything??. It is their right to destroy other people's property. We are as usual dealing with animals,scum of the earth. Did our USELESS Government really expect something different???

      Mikus - 2011-03-14 13:53

      When there's a sign that reads "Stop" it's positively draconian to expect a mini-bus taxi to obey - how unfair - it's racist!

      KaiinSA - 2011-03-14 14:41

      PMSL @Mikus. You hit the nail on the head in highlighting their thinking.

  • melhoniball - 2011-03-14 12:28

    "It is the only province in South Africa where you find that taxi operators are harassed in such a big way,"'s not harrassment it's law enforcement. Other provinces should take a tip from us and do the same. Now they strike because the provincial government doesn't allow them to do as they damn well please.

      jeremy - 2011-03-14 13:13

      Melhoniball, I suspect you might be right. Maybe the protests in the W Cape are because taxi drivers are being forced to obey the law - and they don't like it. Having said that, justice must be seen to be done, and I hope that there isn't harassment for the sake of it. I think the W Cape authorities should give both the media and SANTACO details of individual cases where taxis are being impounded.

  • melhoniball - 2011-03-14 12:30

    "It is the only province in South Africa where you find that taxi operators are harassed in such a big way,"'s not harrassment it's law enforcement. Other provinces should take a tip from us and do the same. Now they strike because the provincial government doesn't allow them to do as they damn well please.

  • Koos - 2011-03-14 12:34

    why do there always have to be violence when they strike???? cant do anything without causing havoc or killing people! shoot them dead!!!

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-14 12:35

    So let me get this straight, they are striking over the fact the road rules and regulations are actually enforced in WC? Really? What a joke

  • Angel - 2011-03-14 12:37

    Is it not interesting that this strike takes place immediately after an ANC meeting? Part of ANCYL's promise to make WC ungovernable? Election soon, right? Just thinking out load here :)

      catij001 - 2011-03-14 12:47

      Spot on - quite convenient that this is happening now.

      Etienne - 2011-03-14 13:18

      Bang on target. This taxi strike do have sinister undertones. And some people think the ordinary lawabiding citizens of the WC, or more specific, of the CoCT are too stupid to see it. They need to think again!

  • Eric - 2011-03-14 12:37

    Santaco should be held responsible for all financial implications during the strike. From legal fees and implications to the damage caused by their strikers when they lose control of their co-horde. We all have issues of the hart that the powers that be just ignore but we all have loved ones that we do not want to see at risk because some part of society feels, because they were wronged they now have the right to wrong all.

  • JBP - 2011-03-14 12:38

    If i look at the Taxis in Gauteng most of them should be empounded, Go Cape Town, enforce the law....No wonder it is such a nice province.

  • Vicker - 2011-03-14 12:40

    Umm...2 months to go to the local elections - any fool can see that this is just part of a strategy to show the DA in as bad a light as possible in the WC.

      Eric - 2011-03-14 13:00

      Luckily the normal John/Jane are not blind, just deaf

  • NiceGuy - 2011-03-14 12:41

    What a pleasure driving to work this morning. please let there be alternative transport for people who need public transport.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 12:41

    Hehehehehe, YES Mr Taaibosch, the Western Cape is the only province that is governed effectively - hence the strict application of the law. Tough teeeeety for you.

  • Gugulethu Gqokoma - 2011-03-14 12:43

    with all of what they are doing, they have to be people dead which has gone nothing to do with their strike?. Law enforcment is now our days harrassment? Idiots nxa

      schjus008 - 2011-03-14 12:50

      poor grammer, mixed message?

      Krush - 2011-03-14 13:01

      @schjus008 Grammar.

      Sword&Cross - 2011-03-14 13:07

      Grammar Stammer? Come off it chaps. Most comments have not even reached the uguhh uuughah grunt stage yet let alone string a sentence together properly or spell correctly either. Not surprising when the national level of ed is reduced to 30% per Umalusi levels which are about 1.5% of world norms anyway, and 1+1 calculates 11 underage child grants.

      Jo - 2011-03-14 13:11

      I agree with you, Gugulethu Gqokoma - it's uneccessary to harm anyone.

      Totman - 2011-03-14 14:23

      Gugulethu, I also agree with you. They can't make a valid point and have to resolve to violence to get attention. We all will stand with them if they have valid points and proof it, but to try to annoy all, through there actions[specially on roads], makes us deaf.

  • GT - 2011-03-14 12:44

    Draconian traffic laws - you mean the ones that keep all road users safe from gangster taxi owners. The ones that dont allow you to rat run through neighbourhoods, drive on yellow lines, cross centre lines, carry more than the prescribed # of pax, have a roadworthy vehicle.

  • The Observer - 2011-03-14 12:44

    Nationalise the lot.

  • sonofagun - 2011-03-14 12:45

    "There's a lot of unhappiness amongst my members in the Western Cape," said Santaco secretary general Philip Taaibosch. Teach your members the meaning of roadworthiness and the ability to abide by the traffic laws, and the law-enforcement / "Harassment" will stop?

      gen.mewmew - 2011-03-14 13:35

      wow the people who think law enforcement is harassement are so uneducated. poor fools. destroying everything, they better wake the hell up

  • Ben - 2011-03-14 12:55

    So when is the drivers going to start protesting against the rich taxi bosses for better pay?

      NiceGuy - 2011-03-14 12:59

      @ben. did you just open a can of worms?

  • Wow! - 2011-03-14 12:56

    These Taxis are the problem. Keep it up Western Cape. These guys are a law unto themsleves. Draconian laws - my arse. They are a dangerother roadusers and their passengers wherever they are.

  • Wow! - 2011-03-14 13:01

    Mr. Taaibos - THERE is a lot of dis-satisfaction with your members all over SA. They are arrogant, do not observe road rules; are a danger to other road users and their passengers. PLEASE FIX this up before you look for sympathy from the public.

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-14 13:02

    ANC & mantashe and the rest of the racist thugs threatened war and insurrection and ungovernabillity in the western cape and this is only a prelude. Even that warlord zuma is confident their underhanded tricks will give them the All or Nothing that they so desire in that very efficient and functioning province. Will the taxi warlords resort to shooting and massacres as before when they emerged from their primitive cocoon and decided the country belonged to them and zuma? We KNOW they cannot comprehend democratic or business processes AND NEVER PAY A CENT IN TAX. Whisperings are that the "International White Management Forum" is about to start processes in the international courts against the excessive racism and skewed policies this regime in SA has adopted based purely on black supremism and racism in the near future too.

  • Mike - 2011-03-14 13:03

    Is it only an african thing that strikes and violence are spoken in the same sentence? I'm sure there must be better ways to strike and get ones point across. The Observer I agree they should nationalize the lot the gov will make more out of it than the mines. Only problem is they not colonialist they take the money out of the country, they just fill their own pockets and drive around in unroadworthy vechiles strike when the orthorities impound the taxis.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-14 13:21

      Thats cause thats all they know how to do.

  • daaivark - 2011-03-14 13:07

    In what way do bread deliveries impact on taxi-business, pray?

      Gorilla - 2011-03-14 13:15

      I'd say at a guess. Loafers?

      SirGibbs - 2011-03-14 18:50

      @ Gorilla - just made my day...awesome comment

  • MattQ4 - 2011-03-14 13:10

    Love the fact that the taxi federation was just this morning denying Mr Carlisles comment about it getting violent... and sure enough it gets violent... classic !!

  • Staalbal - 2011-03-14 13:11

    Load them all on a ship, sail out to the arctic and sink it. We do not need people like this in our society

      Mikus - 2011-03-14 13:59

      a nice big leaky ship -

      Jacques - 2011-03-14 15:35

      Common, be fair. Take them to the antarctic, at least there is some solid surface down there somewhere - somewhere deep. Maybe that is where our national mining should start with their mines - Malema for general mine manager. Anyway it is closer to home, do not want to waste to much on transport.

  • Jim - 2011-03-14 13:13

    Remove these lawless murdering thugs from our society. They kill innocent people continously on our roads

  • Etienne - 2011-03-14 13:14

    The Minibus Taxi Industry is trying to hold the government to ransom. A while back one of their leaders went on national television (Fokus) trying to justify why operators act outside the law. Their conduct during this strike is therefore not a surprise. They think they are above the law. Mr Carlisle, put your money where your mouth is and close the ranks and with draw from the agreement.

  • SayWhat? - 2011-03-14 13:15

    @Makutu - You're the idiot, their a bunch of lawless thugs, will never obey any laws!

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 14:10

      Ok sir... Thanks for the compliment.

      Totman - 2011-03-14 14:26

      Eish, we all are grumpy today. Missed our taxi/lift.Lol!

  • peregrinus - 2011-03-14 13:16

    GO DA, show them how laws are applied! The rest of the provinces should take note of this.

  • Adam - 2011-03-14 13:17

    When are these fucks going to realise that their strike action doesnt hurt government, but only the people who rely on their service and themselves. They are not achieving anything by striking. That would be like every motorist striking cos the petrol price is too high. You cant put in Strike Leave or Petrol Price Too High Leave. We just gotta suck it up and deal with it. Taxi Owners want to have their Bread Buttered on All Nine Sides!

  • cosmic_99 - 2011-03-14 13:27

    Why can these people not do anything peacefully? They voted for the ANC, they have got what they wanted; yet they still behave as they did in the Apartheid days. No wonder Africa is the arse end of the world...

      Eric - 2011-03-14 15:26


  • asanda conjwa - 2011-03-14 13:28

    really now?????????? is this political?

  • Walter - 2011-03-14 13:38

    what a bunch of chops! my 8 week old puppy has more braincells then these apes.

  • Greg - 2011-03-14 13:39

    Why use rubber bullets - use real bullets instead.

  • latinlyrics - 2011-03-14 13:40

    Makutu i think the reason the taxi drivers are striking is that they dopnt want to obey the traffic laws.... just have a look at the stats of arrests and impounds where drivers have no licenses and have unroadworthy vehicles... it's crazy.. Alternatively just drive around cape town and experience the lawlesness or the taxi drivers who have no consideration for anyone and own the roads... I wonder what the families af the hundreds of people who have died because of reckless Taxi drivers think about this strike!

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 14:01

      Give me reference to those stats please. I'd like to see them with my two eyes. I don't condone lawless ness, but these guys will be without jobs if they are removed from the roads, provide alternatives to their livelihoods before judging please. Can't we be a bit humane about things a bit?

      latinlyrics - 2011-03-14 14:07

      So what you are saying is that if they obey the traffic laws they will be without jobs? How difficult is it to be considerate and abide by the laws. Get the necessary documentation to be a taxi driver and ensure that your taxi is safe... other countries can do it... What is so special about our taxi drivers?

      latinlyrics - 2011-03-14 14:08

      PS will find the stats for you and post them.

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 14:12 I'll be waiting. No I'm not saying that. I was responding to a person that said that they must remove all the taxis from the road. Did you forget that? If someone breaks the law, you punish them. Fair anough. That punishment needs to take the social implications of that person's situation too. Remember that the taxi drivers are human like you and I. They also have families to raise.

      pop101 - 2011-03-14 14:30

      Makutu, I get what you are saying. The other day my family and I was driving along the West Coast road. A taxi that was parked to drop of people decided that he'will wait till I'm almost passing him before he climbed on the road again. Needless to say, I almost ran right into him, with my wife and two year old daughter. I braked hard and hooted at the Taxi - and you know what I got back.....the middle finger out of the taxi window. Do you think he was thinking about the welfare of my family?

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 15:00

      I also get your point. I was late for work today and made a mistake by crossing the orange robot. Almost killed someone. These things happen. But my point is that you might wanna remove these gusy off the raod, you are also forcing them out of business. BIG problem there!

      Chillepeppa - 2011-03-14 15:16

      Makutu, The fares that taxi passenger pay, are towards not just the journey from A to B, but also for the upkeep and maintenance of said taxi. So for my R2, R5, R20 of taxi fair, I really don't find it over the top to expect that the taxi is roadworthy, serviced and will, bar some other poepol on the road causing a major issue, get me to my destination. The upkeep of those taxi, is not the other vehicle driving road users problem, but those of the driver/owner/bossman's. If he looses his job due to his taxi being impounded for those reasons, sorry, it is ALL on him, not me...

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 15:24

      How many unroad worthy taxis have YOU seen in Cape Town? HOW MANY?!>!>!>!>!>!???

      Chillepeppa - 2011-03-14 15:34

      To determine the roadworthyness of any vehicle takes more than just a look. I can spit and polish my jaloppy so it would put any Jag or Aston Martin to shame, but if the brakes don't work, or the engine parts are about to fall out from underneath my car, no-one will know until I get pulled over, and the car examined. I'm not stating here that all taxis are not roadworthy, but if I am to be held ransom for something that is not my problem, I will have my say. My response was not to ague for or against the taxi's being impounded, but rather your call for compassion when they have families, even if they are breaking the law and putting my family at risk.

      Pieter - 2011-03-14 16:52

      @makutu I've been a regular public transport user in Cape town for a while (until i decided to cycle to work) 3times in a months time i was almost killed by taxi drivers that drive like hooligens. i was in numerous taxis where the side wall of the minibus was rusted off.Is that roadworthy?One where the clutch is not a pedal but a cable attached to the steering wheel that is pulled.rusted floor boards which you have to step over the wipers at all. should i go on? if you haven't been in one like that before, dont ask about how many is out there. theres alot, why you think they get pulled over and taken away? not even to speak about unlisenced drivers? the owners should make sure they have legal licences before they employ the driver,then they wont have that problem.

  • julian.hinson - 2011-03-14 13:42

    i bet the death toll and accident rate will decrease immensely today seeing their are no taxis in operation

  • SayZar - 2011-03-14 13:47

    After all the money wasted on the My City busses and the dedicated public transport lanes, thats benn attempted for years now, why not just go underground? The government needs to stop looking for ways to waste our money on half-hearted attempts that they know is going to fail. They purposefully do this to cover up the corruption!!

  • SayZar - 2011-03-14 13:50

    After all the money wasted on the My City busses and the dedicated public transport lanes, thats been attempted for years now, why not just go with an underground rail system? The government needs to stop looking for ways to waste our money on half-hearted attempts that they know is going to fail. They purposefully do this to cover up the corruption!!

  • Podgette - 2011-03-14 13:55

    NO KIDDING???!!! When have any strikes / protests in SA ever been peaceful?

  • Janniel - 2011-03-14 13:57

    This smells of ANC intervention. Make the Western Cape local government look bad.. Clear as daylight. Hopefully people see through the ANC's disruption strategies, and vote correctly.

      50something - 2011-03-14 14:34


  • Andrew - 2011-03-14 13:59

    As much as we appreciate the service taxi-drivers offer to the community, it odes not mean they can be a law unto themselves. This strike is obviously politically motivated. It reminds me of the the "Toilets Fianco" last year.

  • daveza - 2011-03-14 14:08

    Makutu, it's very simple. If they don't break the law they don't get their taxis impounded and they don't lose food from their table. But they want food on the table and to be allowed to drive what they like how they like.

  • Other Justin - 2011-03-14 14:12

    Suprise, suprise, Mikey Mouse in disguise.

  • daveza - 2011-03-14 14:13

    Makutu, it's very simple. If they don't break the law they don't get their taxis impounded and they don't lose food from their table. But they want food on the table and to be allowed to drive what they like how they like.

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 16:48


  • 50something - 2011-03-14 14:29

    Should take a page out of Japan's book - not a single report about violance, looting and people behaving disorderly. But this is Africa, no-one respects the law and if it is enforced, you react by violance until "our demands are met" WTF, but it starts from the top down I guess...

  • Kzee - 2011-03-14 15:22

    The taxi drivers should think about their kids before they strike, i want the law to be implemented with immediate effect, i am sick and tired of this stupid taxi drivers who doesnt have respect to their customers

  • JustinD - 2011-03-14 15:28

    These useless and incompetent taxi drivers should strike more every day. Imagine how peacefull the roads will be again.

  • Reality - 2011-03-14 15:45

    Makutu, I agree, if they take the taxis off the roads it will take food off the tables of the drivers and their families. But by them overtaking on blind rises, blind curves, (where there are solid white lines), going straight at intersections where there is a compulsory left or right turn for that lane, suddenly stopping just anywhere, (and all this with 10 or more people on board) they are putting 10 or more families' food on the table at risk. When you read about a taxi accident where 8, 9 or any number of people are killed, how many people do you think are suddenly destitute. Driving a taxi is not the same as driving your own car with only you in it. It is a big responsibility but many of the taxi drivers don't want to comply. If they comlied they wouldn't feel they are being targeted!!!!

  • Colin - 2011-03-14 15:57

    And to hell with those poor souls who rely on those mobile death traps to get to and from work so they can feed and clothe their families. Why do strikes for no matter what always revert to violence and kill innocent people, is it a national pastime?? Savages.

  • Salma - 2011-03-14 16:53

    if i may many of you people commenting actually use public transport? or ever did? if not i dont thinnk you're in any position to make any comments...thang you! SG

      SirGibbs - 2011-03-14 19:10

      Im forced to use those death traps every day and believe least 3 out of 5 times i have my heart jump out my mouth, never mind in my throat. Taxi drivers - according to them - never does anything to break the law, but i sit in these taxis everyday watching them break the law and putting not only themselves, but all of us in danger

      pop101 - 2011-03-14 22:20

      Fan of Twilight are you? I fan of Star Wars.