No more fines for Durban taxi drivers

2012-05-22 09:26

Durban - Durban metro police have been instructed not to fine or stop taxi drivers after last week's violent strike, The Mercury reported on Tuesday.

The paper spoke to five officers on condition of anonymity, who said the instruction came from police deputy head Steve Middleton and metro police head Eugene Nzama on Monday morning via their two-way radios.

On Thursday, Durban taxi drivers protested, claiming the metro police were targeting them when issuing traffic fines.

About 60 taxi drivers were arrested for public violence. Forty-six appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday and were released on R1 500 bail each. The rest were released without being charged.

The Mercury reported that on Sunday KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance chairperson Eugene Hadebe threatened that taxi owners would "deal with" any metro officers seen "harassing" taxi drivers.

Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi denied that officers were instructed to go easy on taxi drivers, but told The Mercury that officers had been advised to exercise caution.

The eThekwini municipality is owed R1.3bn in unpaid fines from taxi drivers and other motorists.

  • Fascisti - 2012-05-22 09:34

    Banana Republic

      Compos - 2012-05-23 04:33

      "Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders." -Sloan Wilson

      Genet - 2012-05-23 08:35

      If this isn't anarchy, then what is?

  • Ruth - 2012-05-22 09:35


      shaun.cousins1 - 2012-05-22 18:35

      all I can see is more accidents, more innocent lives lost due to thes unruly taxis, besides wanting their fines squashed they demand to stop wherever they want....GOD HELP US.....

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-05-22 21:18

      "Frightening" - gee talk about a little over the top. "Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi denied that officers were instructed to go easy on taxi drivers, but told The Mercury that officers had been advised to exercise caution."

  • JasonMichelleVanderbijlpark - 2012-05-22 09:36

    What a freakin joke!!!!! Seriously? The cops are afraid of the taxi drivers? I don't recall anyone being above the law, but once again, this is SA...

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-05-22 21:19

      READ..... "Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi denied that officers were instructed to go easy on taxi drivers, but told The Mercury that officers had been advised to exercise caution."

      Andrea - 2012-05-23 07:11

      Jeanpierre and your point is what ! "go easy" and "exercise caution" - sounds the same to me !!, just a play of words !

  • Johan - 2012-05-22 09:37

    So much for Zero tolerance policy...

      Raymond - 2012-05-22 10:06


  • Wickus - 2012-05-22 09:37

    Taxi drivers should get fined each time they leave the taxi rank for all the traffic violations they will incur. They should also start fining them more heavily for driving in the yellow lanes, actually everybody for that matter driving in the yellow lanes. Taxi drivers is NOT above the law. period .

      Schmee - 2012-05-22 09:59

      Ummmm you didn't read the article then. Obviously taxi drivers are above the law. Sigh. And to think that I have been impressed when I drive home in the afternoons. I often see traffic cops pulling taxis and trucks over to check roadworthiness. I thought the N3 to Durban was being kept safe for us. Obviously that is now a thing of the past.

  • Wilhelm - 2012-05-22 09:37

    Cool. this means that I can drive 220 down the N1 and not be fined. I mean whats good for the taxi drivers are good for everyone then. All south Africans. We are free to do what ever we want. No more law enforcement. Yeaaah.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-22 19:16

      We are all equal under the law

      JHLR73 - 2012-05-23 09:07

      And we do not have to pay any fines in future, just ignore the fines. If you go to court then obviously your reason for not paying is: if the taxis do what they want and not be fined, why are we fined? I will not pay any fines in future thanks.This will cause to have less metro cops on out roads in future for there will be no money to pay them. And then eventually total anarchy on our roads.

      Russell - 2012-05-23 10:27

      @Lacrimose....balls we are. Is Zulu behind bars in a prison cell or is he still in intensive care at Westville prison?...Is Shaik still in prison or at home and... still terminally ill?

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-05-22 09:37

    Lets be honest, taxis were never law abiding anyway. This decision will make absolutely no difference. As for the Metro Cops.. You make your bed, you lie in it !

      Carol - 2012-05-22 10:05

      Rowan, I honesty do agree with you on this one. They have always been a law unto their own. What the taxi drivers need to remember is:What goes around comes around. Their cocky attitude is going to be their downfall. The boycott on taxis is about to begin! The passengers have had enough. I want to see what a taxi driver is going to do with a very empty taxi day in and day out. The passengers are looking for safer and cheaper transport at the moment! Let me tell you it is happening! At least some of the passengers eyes are open. They all want to live long and healthy lives!

  • Bryan - 2012-05-22 09:38

    Ok... So now, the taxi drivers get preferential treatment because why?? Oh wait, I figured it out, they are above the law....Stupid me!!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-22 09:46

      You too, can join this elite club. Just get yourself a blue light or a taxi. Or get yourself a buddy in the ANC. Or a gun. Or a wicked mother in law. Or a spear.

      shaun.cousins1 - 2012-05-22 18:38

      the metro cops are scared of them anyway.Mind you you have metro cops with the same qualifications as zuma

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-22 09:38

    huh? :o

  • apgreeff - 2012-05-22 09:38

    What utter rubbish! Who's ruling the roost? So, if I can find a crowd of likeminded individuals that will be prepared to throw rocks because we are paying taxes that goes to waste, will we be allowed to stop paying taxes?? How ridiculous can law enforcement get!!

      Martin - 2012-05-22 09:47

      il throw rocks for that:)

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-05-22 21:19

      READ "Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi denied that officers were instructed to go easy on taxi drivers, but told The Mercury that officers had been advised to exercise caution."

  • gerd2 - 2012-05-22 09:39

    Typical...Power to the "law abiding" taxi drivers

  • Bernard - 2012-05-22 09:40

    Setting a very bad precident now are you not, what is good for one has to be good for another. Now they can really drive around like lawless barberians and do as they please, because who is going to stop them?

  • Bronwyn - 2012-05-22 09:40

    WHAT A JOKE!!!!!! So the hardworking, decent citizens of this country are yet again, held to ransom by barbaric thugs. While the metro who are there to protect US let them get away with, literally, murder!! DISGUSTING!!!!! "Man up" for goodness sake and put on some "big boy" pants and actually DEAL with these bullies!

      pekajean.vandyk - 2012-05-22 11:21


  • Andre - 2012-05-22 09:40

    They do not pay the fines anyway, so save paper.

  • darryn.havenga - 2012-05-22 09:41

    Go ahead Durban - Cape Town will enjoy the extra tourists and Gautengers who will come to us for holidays instead of the lawless Dbn

  • Truthis - 2012-05-22 09:41

    Time to create a separate country. Where people who believe in equality before the law and the rule of law can live and govern themselves.

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-05-22 21:16

      You are living in Coo Coo Land. Instead of complaining come up with a workable solution.

      Genet - 2012-05-23 08:39

      @jeanpierre dumont. You want a workable solution, then what needs to be done is that people actually do the jobs they are paid to do. Simple.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-22 09:42

    That's nice! Threaten law enforcement with violence and, hey presto! No fines! Or well, No, Fine!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-05-22 10:06

      You get what you want with violence... been working in SA for a long time.

  • Koos - 2012-05-22 09:43

    mmm... so if they dont get fined, then the rest of SA shouldnt be fined either...... fair is fair!!!

  • Jacques - 2012-05-22 09:43

    I will NEVER pay a cent's fine again. And they can try to make me. So, not only are we expected to pay e-tolls, the taxi drivers can do what they want and not even pay fines?

      Martin - 2012-05-22 09:48

      lawyers will just point out the set precident and you will get off scott free

  • Evan - 2012-05-22 09:43

    Absolutely ridiculous!!!! Just goes to show that SAPS has NO backbone. Does this mean that if we strike against paying taxes then we don't have to?

      Riaan - 2012-05-22 10:45

      Metro Police and SAPS are not the same thing....

      Evan - 2012-05-22 11:29

      if you read the article properly you will see that both were involved."who said the instruction came from police deputy head Steve Middleton and metro police head Eugene Nzama on Monday morning via their two-way radios"

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-05-22 21:17

      SAPS dont dish out traffic fines.

      John - 2012-05-23 06:41

      Steve Middleton is Deputy Chief Durban Metro Police not SAPS!

  • rianette.kemp - 2012-05-22 09:43

    My first reaction was WTH?? but thinking about it, they probably just saving money on the ticket books as the fines don't get paid anyway. And Gauteng and the like will follow soon!

  • andree2 - 2012-05-22 09:44

    WTF!!! let me say that again.. WWWWWWTTTTTTFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bloody agents

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-05-22 21:20

      Let me say it again too.....WTF are you talking about. "Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi denied that officers were instructed to go easy on taxi drivers, but told The Mercury that officers had been advised to exercise caution."

      andree2 - 2012-06-07 11:38

      Not sure in what Country you living mr. Dumont but they have been gone easy on the taxi drivers for way tooooooooooo long. Are you also an agent?

  • Thadelphukem - 2012-05-22 09:47

    I can't f*%@en believe that our government is so weak and threatened that they will leave these taxi-terrorists to do what they wish... The government has no backbone and we are slowly sinking into a cesspool of corruption, fear and nepotism... Who will stand up to this blatant bulls^&t or are we going to drive in fear for the rest of our lives... Bet you the Metro cops will take it out on the rest of us now by asking for larger bribes and higher fines so they can get funds for their end of year Xmas parties... Bloody agents...

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 09:55

      Oh well, not to worry, it will get much worse in the years to come just as so many of us predicted.

      ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-05-22 10:38

      The next thing that will happen is we will have a tipe of wild west on the roads. The taxi drivers will start to shoot the other road users. Better I get myself a 50cal gun mounted on my cars roof! I will shoot the Fukc3rs!!!!!!!

      Norman - 2012-05-22 15:42

      They certainly have balls when it comes to cartoonists and artists...

  • Heibrin - 2012-05-22 09:48

    Aaand this is what it looks like when the tail wags the dog.

  • Mirrorman - 2012-05-22 09:49

    WTF???? Since when are taxi drivers above the law? Frikkin' ridiculous!

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-22 09:50

    Oh FFS. Pathetic stance by the Metro Cops here. Lawlessness is becoming acceptable in this country. WTF?

  • Thoka - 2012-05-22 09:50

    Officially announced death province, wonder if they are prepared for death monster coming.

  • herman.brummer - 2012-05-22 09:50

    Where is the constitution, is this fair to the rest of US ?

  • Robin - 2012-05-22 09:50

    The thin end of an anarchy wedge. Adios Africa!

      Don.Tandy - 2012-05-22 15:51

      Too late - we are nearly at the thick edge.

      jeanpierre.dumont - 2012-05-22 21:20

      Cheers to you too.

  • Helen - 2012-05-22 09:51

    Since when does the police deputy have the powers to decide that people can disregard the laws of South Africa?

  • Bart - 2012-05-22 09:52

    always wondered what zero tolerance meant in KZN,now I understand.Zero tolerance of the law

      Fiona - 2012-05-22 14:19

      Well said Bart!!!!

  • terenceleejohnstone - 2012-05-22 09:52

    Wow, now they can threaten our police and get away with it. Way to go ANC. You just messed up this country even more!!

  • Jack - 2012-05-22 09:53

    Absolute rubbish!! Typical example of fueling the general sense of lawlessness in our country. And then there is biggest furore about a damn painting, not hurting or killing anybody. Yet, thousands of our citizens are slaughtered each year by these taxi drivers through their unworthy vehicles and dangerous driving habits!!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-22 09:54

    WOW !! If this is true not to issue fines to taxi drivers, and the instruction came from the police chief and deputy, they both should be removed from their positions immediately.

  • gennath - 2012-05-22 09:54

    If anyone tells you violence doesn't solve anything, this is a good example to the contrary... and we call ourselves civilised...

  • Schmee - 2012-05-22 09:55

    They are the only ones being heard because we just swear at them in our cars. It is time that road users that are sick of taxis being a law unto themselves take to the streets and shut down taxi ranks for a day.

  • - 2012-05-22 09:58

    Let me just say this, There will be war between private motorists and taxi drivers, bcos Taxi drivers have more rights than them, so it means they have to make way for The taxi drivers always, how sick is that? Mxm weak Leaders i gues

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-05-22 09:58 this really happening, only in KZN!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-05-22 09:58

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption Today the Anarchy sector is engaged.

  • odupreez - 2012-05-22 09:59

    Metro police head - Eugene Nzama Transport Alliance Chairperson - Eugene Hadebe Metro Police Spokes person - Eugene Msomi. Looks as if this is a very popular name in KZN ? Well if they (the Metro) are not doing their work, maybe they should be retrenched, as they have just become unnecessary. This will give them more free time to plunder, Hi-jack, steal and commit murder.

      ReaperAJ - 2012-05-23 01:53

      I was thinking the same thing. Seems very fishy.

  • Matt - 2012-05-22 10:00

    Spineless Cops . . . . Buckle under pressure from a couple of taxi drivers . . what next . . . You won't arrest murderers/Rapists . . . . ! ! ! Absolute joke ! !

  • Marina - 2012-05-22 10:01

    Typical example of the tail wagging the dog.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-22 10:02

    Steve, the blood of the dead passengers is on your hands .

  • mimi.ngqulana - 2012-05-22 10:03

    Wow......what is this crap. taxi drivers will not be fined anymore...? More and more peoole are going to die at the hands of KZN taxi drivers, the lawmakers. How does some1 just decides not to fine, fines were not issued for fun, there is a reason for all those fines were issued. Banana province....more than 20 taxis were impounded in Ekurhuleni 2day...welldone Metro...!

  • chantelle.boheim - 2012-05-22 10:03

    What's good for the one should be good for the other. Free for all!

  • Gavin - 2012-05-22 10:05

    WTF is hapening to this Country?????

      beth.cameron.94 - 2012-05-22 10:11

      As someone else has mentioned on this forum, the country is in an uproar and the ANC Ministers are now baying for blood over a painting whilst the crinials, thugs and lawless behaviour, countrywide, continues to drag one of the most beautiful countries in the world to the bottom of the cesspool. Does the ANC cadre sitting in powerful situations want us to become another Zimbabwe? So many Zimbabweans have legally/illegally come to SA - where, when the same things happens here are the law abiding citizens going to go? Again I stress, this is not a Black/White issue, this is a serious situation of Government allowing the criminals and thugs to make the laws and regulations.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-22 10:21

      eish, that's avery good question.

  • Vusi - 2012-05-22 10:06

    That is Zuma's territory and DICKtatorship is exercised

      Elizabeth - 2012-05-22 10:17

      Brilliant and so true...

      Joubs1957 - 2012-05-22 11:40

      Love that one Vusi - you go my brother!!!

  • Hugh - 2012-05-22 10:10

    What a f*cking joke!!!!!

  • christiaan.h.jacobs - 2012-05-22 10:12

    Hell, I'm gonna get me a taxi... NO fines and NO e-toll!

  • ac.nortje - 2012-05-22 10:13