Driver faces charges for 55 kids in taxi

2011-09-19 21:23

Johannesburg - A taxi driver accused of loading 55 schoolchildren into his 15-seater minibus will appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court, the North West human settlements department said on Monday.

The driver, William Maluleka, 53, who was arrested on September 13, would appear in court on Tuesday, said department spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele.

Maluleka was released on his own recognisances in a previous court hearing.

Kgwele said traffic officers pulled him over on the road between Madidi and Klipgat outside Brits. They fined him R2 500 and took him to the local police station.

"The fine was issued for operating a scholar business without a permit," he said.

  • Snotty - 2011-09-19 21:39

    this is how innocent kids die the driver should be thrown into jail for 10 years where is the greedy owner of that vehicle he also should get kicked .....

      letwice - 2011-09-20 09:14

      Parents/guardians are also at fault. When the driver comes to pick up your child. How do you let him/her get into a taxi that already has 54 kids in it.

  • PlayOn - 2011-09-19 21:39

    "The fine was issued for operating a scholar business without a permit". Uh, but not for having 55 children in a 15 seater taxi...? So would it have been ok to have 55 adults (ok, let's call it 25 then) in the taxi??

      Classic - 2011-09-20 08:49

      This is beyond ridiculous - A R2500 fine for : "operating a scholar business without a permit"!!! What about overloading and endangering the lives of 55 children and not to mention other drivers!!!

      Jules - 2011-09-20 10:20

      Erm..... read the entire article! He was arrested and will appear in court on the charges of overloading. The fine is purely for the one transgression that they could fine him for. I am sure there will be further penalty / jail time for putting those innocent children at risk!

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-19 21:44

    good grief can this get any worse

      Razor - 2011-09-20 07:43

      yes, put 56 kids in a mini bus and there you go

      InternetMan - 2011-09-20 10:02

      Or, dare I say, 57?! SHOCKING

  • Bashful1 - 2011-09-19 22:00

    Call the 'Guiness Book of Records'. This must be a record.

  • Banned - 2011-09-19 22:28

    So its R2500 for endangering 55 children and every road user you passed by, but R5000 if you break a taxi window after he drags your fiance 700m. African justice at its finest

      Worldwise - 2011-09-20 01:31

      And only R1000 for running over and dragging the woman 700m.

      Jarek - 2011-09-20 07:28

      That is a fine of R45.45 per child, no child should ever be put in a position where his/her life comes at a price. Got to agree with BANNED, African justice at its finest.

  • pig - 2011-09-20 06:57

    he should be charged for attempted murder

  • braamc - 2011-09-20 07:12

    And he still have is "bought" drivers license. R2500 fine, I have a beautiful big oak tree outside, lets drop the passengers, do a 0-100 as fast as he can straight into the tree. Feel sorry for my tree

  • justme...again - 2011-09-20 07:30

    would like to know where the parents are when he picks up the kids. Surely you won't allow your kids on that minibus, especially if you're the last stop!!

      stamp-kar - 2011-09-20 08:17

      @justme...again-ja but do you think the parents give a dam..

  • Zahid Williams - 2011-09-20 08:26

    F*&^kd Up Justice system. So if he had a permit would he have been allowed to go on. He should have been jailed and and higher bail with high bail. Not only were the children in danger, but other road uses as well. If he was not the taxi owner, then the owner should be held accountable as well.

  • hadedah - 2011-09-20 08:45

    If they load that many passengers into taxis what are they going to do in one of the aircraft that they will be running soon?

  • Mlu - 2011-09-20 09:10

    It shows how low our moral values are. If 55 kids could be cramped into a 15 seater, they will in turn put 155 kids in a 10 seater when they grow up.

  • Jon JJ - 2011-09-20 09:57

    Let them do what they want man...their lack of common sense isn't our problem to solve.

  • Mulondo - 2011-09-20 09:59


  • alv1990 - 2011-09-20 10:04

    Do yourselves a favour and check out some of the school transport operators who collect children in the 'northern suburbs' of Johannesburg and you will be shocked !!! Parents who don't check on this sort of thing before they pay and allow their children to take transport which constantly overloads should pay the fine...!! They are the culprits !!

  • Jezabbela - 2011-09-20 14:53

    and their parents will cry foul when their children die but they dont check how their children are seated when they are collected from home.

  • Yobo - 2011-09-21 11:44

    Focus on sorting this type of issue out, not about bringing speed limit down to 100km's/hr

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