No whites, Indians, Durban taxi drivers demand

2012-05-20 22:56

Durban - Durban taxis are expected to resume operations on Monday after a strike against the metro police, the transport department said.

"In our meeting with taxi operators, drivers and the municipality we agreed that taxis should start operating on Monday," spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said on Sunday.

Minibus taxi drivers went on strike on Thursday complaining that metro police were targeting them when issuing traffic fines.

Ncalane said government and the eThekwini municipality met taxi operators during the weekend to address the memorandum that was handed to the city.

"If taxis are not operating tomorrow [Monday] then we must look at legal avenues available to the government. Some of their demands are not practical," he said.

Taxi drivers were demanding that all tickets be issued in IsiZulu, that all present warrants be cancelled and that there should be no traffic enforcement during morning and afternoon peak hours.

Other demands included that no Indians or whites should write tickets because taxi drivers did not speak English, that taxis only be towed if there was a road sign indicating that vehicles would be towed and that they must be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere.


Ncalane said the country was governed by the law and people could not do as they pleased.

"When taxis resume operations we will provide security and monitor operations because we don't want a repeat of last week's violence," he said.

Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Alliance, Eugene Hadebe, confirmed that taxis would be operating on Monday.

"We are planning to meet with the metro police to formulate a response to the memorandum and we will also engage with taxi operators," Ncalane said.

About 60 people have been arrested for unrest related to the strike since it started.

On Saturday about 50 protesters overturned bins and trashed the Besters taxi rank in Phoenix, north of Durban, on Saturday.

“They allegedly threw bottles at the patrol vehicles and with back-up from the flying squad, the group was dispersed and order restored,” said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker.

Police had to use teargas and stun grenades to disperse about 100 protesters who threw rocks at them on Friday.

Thousands of rush-hour commuters were left stranded in Durban on Thursday night when taxi drivers abandoned their passengers.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-20 23:05

    No law enforcement at the busiest times? When tempers are already frayed - the taxi drivers want to make matters worse by defying the rules of the road, and stop where they choose. This already causes blocked intersections and many instances of road rage. They, if anyone, should be compelled to drive more carefully, because they owe it to their passengers. When taxis have accidents there are usually many hurt, because they are over full and the drivers are careless or the vehicles not roadworthy.

      amanda.victor2 - 2012-05-20 23:15

      No whites or Indians to issue tickets? Wow, just what is becoming of South Africa when you get the taxi industry deciding who may enforce the law? An industry which is responsible for so many deaths on our roads. They sure must think we're idiots for them to think these demands are reasonable. Hau!

      Sean - 2012-05-21 00:00

      Now imagine a white guy had to say , ``no blacks allowed to issue him a ticket`` !! Would have been all over the NEWS !! F@ck those arrogant racist taxi driver , who do they think they are ??!!

      Tony - 2012-05-21 02:59

      So, I am with Sean on this one. Let's cry racism, and go on and on about it.... If the Whites or Indians had asked for the same, no blacks, the .......... we all know what would have been suggested! A for the story of no fines during peak times, well Durban Metro are pretty useless at the best of times, so these taxi pawns get away with murder anyway.

      Benn - 2012-05-21 06:01

      It would appear that eyes are gradually opening. The word "democracy" is so often used in Africa, yet there is absolutely no understanding of it."We demand" is something they can do, but "we have obligations/responsibilities ? Hau, what is that?

      John - 2012-05-21 06:07

      Rainbow Nation = Myth Busted

      Martin - 2012-05-21 07:03

      We need heavier crack downs for the smallest infringements, one tail light faulty, R2000 fine,etc, peoples lives are in these imbeciles hands, give them nothing....

      Squeegee - 2012-05-21 07:18

      We live is a demandocracy, or is it a stupidocracy? Rulership by force and brainlessness. Add to that blatant racism and you have Durban taxi drivers. Zipper Zuma is so busy defending his non-existent dignity while the country falls apart.

      Janice - 2012-05-21 07:28

      They dont want much, do they??? Talk about racist!!!!!!!!!!

      Mark - 2012-05-21 07:39

      What a bunch of childish idiots...!!!!

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-21 08:04

      Bles I agree they should be forced to drive extremely safely because of their passengers and have goveners and tachometers (which are checked regularly) installed in their vehicles but it won't happen because there is no viable alternative to the taxi transport. Our public transport system is nonexistant. It is time that the customer fought back and demanded a safer and more reliable transport system.

      Rob - 2012-05-21 08:07

      So I cant pull over a Taxi then ?

      Gordon - 2012-05-21 08:18

      There is a bigger issue here. Taxi's bosses rule the underground of SA. In Joburg, they managed to get ownership of Rea Veya for nothing, and it's still funded by rate payers. And they still took forever to get it implemented, and only in a way that keeps their biggest money making routes open. They are the the schoolyard bullies with guns. It is time the SS stopped tapping journalists exposing corruption and started sorting out these thugs.

      Marion - 2012-05-21 08:25

      This is the biggest crock of s**t I've heard from taxi drivers in a long time. If they drove roadworthy vehicles and did not constantly disobey the rules of the road then they would not be issued with tickets. Plain and simple.

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-21 08:33

      I cant help but think all the people killed on the roads involving taxi's - and that is with the little law enforcement there is......imagine no law enforcement at all? It is sick to think how these negative one IQ's can hold the country to ransom. This country needs to grow some backbone and stand up to these mother truckers. In case nobody noticed the majority ride in taxis and their lives are at risk here....the majority should be standing up by kangaroo court methods; only thing that seems to work.

      Steve - 2012-05-21 08:46

      @ Squeegee. Brilliant!

      Rainbow - 2012-05-21 09:55

      I can attest to that as i am forced to catch taxis daily due to not having a car. Although i am very grateful for the service Only once in 2 years have I been in a totally road worthy veichle ( midi bus) that actually had working seat belts. This morning My son and I were literally fumigated in the taxi who's engine was spewing fuel fumes into the taxi ( the engine is under the middle front seat and most of the bolts that hold the metal cover down over the engine had popped out so the fumes just trailed out through the holes.) We also got to play our favorite and almost daily game " spot the road kill" thanks to the usual holes in the floor that allowed you to see virtually the whole road beneath you. I shudder to think what will happen one day when the whole floor gives in and all the seats fall through. Little is done to remove these death traps off the road and the taxi drivers just dont care that their veichles are unstable. Its time companies support their staff in a commutor strike to demand better veichles and taxi service.The taxis are holding the country hostage and goverment needs to step in and take the reins away from them.

      Gustav - 2012-05-21 10:13

      This is to rediculous to comment on... Let them strike, atleast we'll have less road deaths!

      Claudia - 2012-05-21 11:21

      WELCOME TO INSANIA... The resolve is simple - nullify the entire taxi industry with a (proper) public transport system that stems from the 21st century and not from the stone age.

      mfudzi.wamambo - 2012-05-21 11:48

      "No laws to be enforced during peak hour periods", my foot! It's either the country has gone to the dogs or the dogs have come to the country!

      Rodney - 2012-05-21 12:22

      I wonder if these racist sods would also turn down help from White or Indian medical staff while they lie bleeding to death on the side of the road !!!!!

      Byron - 2012-05-21 12:58

      @Rodney - actually, my brother mentioned a few occasions where patients refused to be treated / diagnosed by him. Some people are funny like that regardless of how bad their health situation is

      Clive - 2012-05-21 13:00

      Is'nt Zuma brother a taxi boss and does he not owe thoudands to metro for outstanding fines?

      Matthew - 2012-05-21 13:40 If everyone could quickly give this a read (no more than a few lines reporting an accident) This is what we're dealing with and this is the guys driving like hooligans demanding the metro to meet their demands.need we say more?

      Teboho - 2012-05-21 13:40

      This driver have got to be losing their minds. How is it going to be on Durban roads, they already out of control woth officers present

      Konstabel - 2012-05-21 14:51

      Their demands are ridiculous but I do think that cops should not be doing routine checks on any vehicles during peak hours. Cops should focus on drivers disobeying the laws and vehicles that look unsafe. Those taxi (and other) drivers that drive reasonably and have good vehicles should not be inconvenienced by routine checks ... and yes there are some taxi drivers that are responsible.

      Warren - 2012-05-21 16:17

      @ Preshen: quote of the day! not PC, but fanstic non-the-less. The painful thing is even I wil get thumbs down for saying this, instead of people seeing your words as a bit of humour. Must we always be so serious?

  • Jack - 2012-05-20 23:07

    no Traffic enforcement during peak hours? I don't know about Durban but in Gauteng we have no taxi enforcement 24//7

      Walter - 2012-05-21 06:41

      As yesterday's paper headlines suggested, "The untouchables!" Their demands are ridiculous and shows how immature their "reasoning" is. Statistics will show that in many, many accidents in this country, a taxi is involved.

      Ec - 2012-05-21 07:01

      Walter - their "reasoning" is not immature, if you consider that their average IQ is only but an inch higher than that of a stone....

      grant.hide - 2012-05-21 10:15

      Are they on Crack or something? They must go back to where they came from. These people that are creating all these problems, I doubt they are not even from SA.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-22 22:03

      Taxis drivers say NO WHITES..NO INDIAN taxi drivers... WHO ARE THE RACISTS NOW ? ? ?

      sean.noble1 - 2012-05-29 14:50

      Problem is that all these associations are based on the Mafia principle, they are nothing but a bunch of gansters with enough fire power to intimidate and kill anyone that doesnt meet their financial interest. Same with Cosatu and other "instituations" nothing but a Mob of self obsessed gold diggers that get innocent members to die for their riches. I agree with an earlier comment, have a non profit worldclass public transport system, remove 90% of the taxi's and those that remain on the roads need to go through a compulsory roadworthy test every 3 months or get impounded.

  • attie - 2012-05-20 23:09

    Reading makes me wonder if we have moved forward at all from 1994.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-20 23:28

      Taxis are in reverse for sure.....

      Vlad - 2012-05-21 07:00

      I have neighbours-black family.More racist people I never saw in RSA since 1996 -the year I moved to the country.Black racism is getting worse and worse over the years.Watch them in the shoping malls....They hate you only because of your color......This one is just first sighn of big events,,,,,,,

      Draad - 2012-05-21 08:22

      Attie. That should read "FROM THE STONE AGE"

      Omo - 2012-05-21 13:38

      I pray for the day South Africans will emulate the rest of Africa and show love to one another.You don't see rubbish talk like this in west Africa. People of all colors live together.These taxi drivers are a disgrace to true humble genuine Africans.In fact i dare say that black South Africasn are nothing like other Africans.They are just too hateful and love to discriminate.I mean this guys kill foreign Africans ,if they they can kill people of their own race what do you expect them to do to other races??

      Mabheshu - 2012-05-22 10:23

      but this how deep the damage of apartheid is, weather we like it or not, the present has been shaped by the past, and you can't expect to reverse 300 years of oppression in just 18. this is not to condone what taxi drivers are doing it is just to point out the facts.

      alan.rigele - 2012-05-22 15:50

      @omonaija. We are already trying to emulate Nigeria, and getting closer to it every day. traffic congestion on pot-holed riddled roads, load-shedding daily, millions of poor people while a few people are filthy rich by means of taking without working (take the millitary generals in Nigeria) o soon it will feel like home for you...

  • neserp - 2012-05-20 23:10

    The reason they are being targeted is because they drive like hooligans! Lock them all up!! They think they can do as they please breaking the rules of the road, endagering others lives!

      lownabester - 2012-05-20 23:44

      They need money to mix with the new BEE Elite, This can only happened here.

      MichaelThekiso - 2012-05-21 06:00

      @Neserp, these fools think they are above the law and nothing ever happens to them! An occasional R100.00 often bails them out of the corrupt metro and traffic officials.

  • franciscogaie - 2012-05-20 23:13

    While we are at: I ride my motorbike on the N2 on Saturdays. If there has to be police on this road can you please ensure that they are preferably mixed race Scandinavian-Aborigine transvestites who can speak Ewok and who are left handed (I don't like "righties"). Thanks!

      Dumakazi Mapatwana - 2012-05-20 23:21


      anthony.richardson.961 - 2012-05-20 23:23

      LOL And that just about sums it up! Oh and can they bring red pens because it just looks so pretty

      Phae - 2012-05-20 23:24

      A perfect response.

      mceliwe - 2012-05-21 04:57

      Is that all?

      rossdesouza - 2012-05-21 04:59

      That doesn't sound completely politically correct... This Scandinavian-Aborigine transvestite who can speak Ewok and is left handed, should also have ginger hair and be wearing Veld Skoene.... now that is fully PC...

      Jeeves - 2012-05-21 05:48

      Agreed. And a hot Swedish blond that makes Wookie noises wouldn't hurt either.

      Lara - 2012-05-21 07:21

      Don't forget the pink private parts.

      Cristina - 2012-05-21 11:38

      Hahahahaha..priceless!! ^_^

      Lerato - 2012-05-21 13:24

      This comment is classic...while we are at it, can they change that awful brown/beige uniform we cant see them hdidng behind the bushes!!!Make it Pink, Francisco u made my day!!! they to think they went on strike for 4 days over this!!!

      Liesbet - 2012-05-21 15:22


      Russell - 2012-05-23 17:35

      Can I bring my English broadsword?..we could *ahem* joust...which is a traditional English sport after all.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-20 23:17

    We are becoming a lawless country. It all starts with school going children who are allowed to do as they want to. We need to bring back rules and regulations and discipline into our schools so that children can learn why the law is important.

      angie.cooke.96 - 2012-05-21 04:30

      We became lawless that day the ANC got it. We are not sitting on a ticking timebomb about to explode. The unemployment rate and all this uncontrolled volatile behaviour wont be long till this government is overthrown that is for sure.

      Dries - 2012-05-21 04:52

      BECOME????? u must be joking.. this is AFRICA

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-21 06:04

      What do you mean becoming? We ARE! The likes of Selebi claiming the Mafioso to be his FRIENDS?

      Joubs1957 - 2012-05-21 08:48

      Hey Stewsrt - wake up boet - WE ARE A LAWLESS COUNTRY! As long as you dont break the peed limit? And by the way - I wander who accepts the most bribes -White, Indian or BLACK?

      Martin - 2012-05-21 13:48

      joubs, i do not dare even hint toward a bribe if its a coloured, white or indian cop, i know where the corruption line is drawn

      wayne.grace - 2012-05-21 23:18

      Bring back corporal punishment and cane the bastards, it work for most other males who went to school during that era.

  • thembisa.ngubo - 2012-05-20 23:23

    wow really they want to stop wherever they like so even if the robot is red the will want to drive through which is the reason why most of us are disabled from irresponsible driving I thing they should stop thinking for themselves only but consider passagers as well and they want tickects to be issued in different languages how can that be possible for tickets to be issued in 11 languages but they dont ask for alcohol names to be named in Zulu and so on

  • Gee - 2012-05-20 23:26

    Why am I not surprised??

  • Mphotant - 2012-05-20 23:27

    These are worse, worse, worse just like those demanding. Somebody pls call an intepreter!

  • Kim - 2012-05-20 23:29

    LOL no of course, just drop people anywhere. Rules of the road don't appy to you. It'll be like a real life GTA game.

  • Graeme Grim Adams - 2012-05-20 23:32

    Hahahahahahahahaha. I want to drive down the wrong side of the road and drive people over, anywhere! Hahahahaha

  • Mphotant - 2012-05-20 23:32


      Liana Burgers - 2012-05-20 23:42

      i am sorry, but the ppl using taxi's also got family's to go back to, they are totally at the mercy of these drivers, how the hell can they demand all these stuff!! wow but can see there is no brains there!!

  • Dave - 2012-05-20 23:36

    It's all quite simple really....just make sure your taxi is road worthy and you comply with traffic laws. No more tickets.....Oh I forgot we are dealing with mentally disadvantaged people! Ok don't bather let's just keeping talking baby language...

      ayandatum - 2012-05-22 15:49

      ya that one always does the trick. babylanguage

  • Brent - 2012-05-20 23:37

    Banana Republic......sceptical........Waht a disgraceful JOKE!

  • lownabester - 2012-05-20 23:40

    They dont speak Zulu????? How ignorant can you get, The law is clear, if you should be given a ticket, accept it, I dont stop a Traffic Cop of any colour to give me one. I smile and take it. They are now scrapping the bottom. What else so they want,.....To get taxi's for free and no traffic tickets, It boggles the mind.

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-05-20 23:42

    Ridiculous demands, lock them all up if they dont obey the rules of the road.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-20 23:42

    Tomorrow I a going to buy myself a taxi! Then I can also have these wonderful new benefits! So they drive like hooligans, and protest, destroy and burn everything in their wake AND THIS IS THEIR REWARD?????? Our government has proved once again that they are spineless slugs, how can they allow these morons to prescribe law enforcement to them?

      eugenedlow - 2012-05-21 00:24

      lol... no e-tolling and no traffic laws applying to you.... sounds like the ideal job! do you need to submit a cv lol?

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-21 05:48

      because there are plenty of govt officials who have more than one finger in the taxi industry pie

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-21 06:05

      Don't lock them up (unless they actually kill someone). Simply take away their voting rights. Yes, use a scale of 10 points. Start with 10. Every offence: -1 point. If you have less than 5 points, no voting in the next election. One point gained every end of year.

  • Bear - 2012-05-20 23:42

    Completely ridiculous, a f***ing pipe dream.

      Daan - 2012-05-21 06:22

      Bear, these idiots have the so called authoritiss by the balls. It would not supprise me one little bit if they get what they want. Remember, they all share he same idiotic gene.

  • jacque.raymer - 2012-05-20 23:56

    no white or indians to issue tickets, who are the racists now, this is reverse apartheird coming full circle...

      Chanté - 2012-05-21 01:06

      @ Silindile: Mmm now I understand why taxis are in such bad shape, drivers cant read the owners manual, seeing that they cant understand English, They also dont adhere to road signs, it isnt in Zulu. I suppose it is the same for the speedometer and indicators, it isnt in Zulu that is why they dont know how to use it..... U really explained it very well. Catch a wakeup troll....

      deon.hamilton - 2012-05-21 05:31

      Silindile, F..k Off!

      Bomb - 2012-05-21 05:37

      @Sindile......I asked the other day to be helped in Afr at the municiplaity,the lady said she doesn't speak or understand it.......funny how quickly she got upset when I replied, "Die munisipaliteit is n vokop!" Then she understood.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-21 05:59

      Silindile, you know full well that's NOT why thy don't want them. You know why? Because, if you object to a fine, you can go to COURT, and have either a legal representative in YOUR language, or translator, or both. You know full well it's because a majority of 'white and Indian' cops don't like to 'let 'em go' (or let any of us go, for that matter).

      logical007 - 2012-05-21 08:02

      @Silindile with all due respect using your logic, I as a white person can demand a white traffic officer to issue me a fine as I do not understand black officers when they speak english?

      Lawrence - 2012-05-21 08:07

      Its not a racist stance that they're asking for. As was the case in an earlier article, many black policemen are taxi owners. They (the taxi owners) were up in arms because their colleagues were pulling their vehicles off the road for being un-roadworthy and, and , and.... What the taxi industry is after is the protection from the inside by the corrupt police because a white or Indian owned taxi is virtually impossible.

      Silindile - 2012-05-21 09:04

      All of the comments you lot have made are based on assumptions, and I have no intention of engaging you on that. My point was that they are within their rights to request that they be addressed in a language they understand. That is not racism. Let's not be confused here. I've had patients who speak Afrikaans request an Afrikaans speaker, I did not for one second think they were being racist... I don't know why that suddenly becomes the case when you need to be addressed in an African language :/

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-21 09:09

      @Silindile, and not every metro cop speaks isiZulu - neither will they have time to hang around waiting for one.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-21 11:03

      The usual lot of racists ranting here everyday is suddnely very quiet. Bunch of racist hypocrites.

      Eternity - 2012-05-21 11:15

      @Silindile It is racism. A white or Indian person can still learn an african language. I know a few which are flaunt in Zulu. So why do they need to discrimination against 2 entire races?

      Pritt - 2012-05-22 07:53

      Silindile you are joking. Very few people are being addressed in their mother tongue lately. Try Afrikaans for one day, and you will realise that NOBODY can serve you in Afrikaans, not even the waiter who demand a 10% (or more) tip! No govt department is able to assist you in Afrikaans, neither SARS, the municipality, Telkom, nobody! So only Zulus have rights now?

      Rupert - 2012-05-22 15:03

      @Sillindile's point is that there are zulus who cant speak english and there are Indians and white policemen who cant speak zulu , who can only speak english and afrikaans , now in the event that an indian policeman who can only speak english issues a traffic ticket to a zulu man who doesnt understand english , it will be tricky cos these two will not be hearing each other at all .

      shaun.cousins1 - 2012-05-22 19:06

      then there should be no white or indian to help at a accident scene.

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  • Jacques - 2012-05-21 00:07


      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-21 06:01

      Yeah, it's so they can continue to drive in yellow lanes, go straight in turn only lanes, run traffic lights, pull away before the light goes green, and squeeze in in front of queues. You know, public transport alla Africa.

  • fdalana - 2012-05-21 00:09

    lmao, i bet 99percent of them do not know that 'short left' is in english.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-21 00:09

    Typical kwazulu-natal combi drivers 97% of them bought their driving licences and most of them smell of armpits because they don't bath or shower properly they're busy driving their taxis recklessly causing road carnage in our motorways go to hell you're not above the law. Bloody combi drivers.

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-05-21 00:18

    All these people who were left stranded without transport to get home should have taken action themselves too. Buy "sambokke" and started beating the crap out of these drivers. Set there taxis on fire. Anything, but don't let them get away with this. You pay their salaries.

  • schalk.barnard - 2012-05-21 00:29

    I had to check my calendar twice to see if its not a April fools joke.

      Matthew - 2012-05-21 13:16

      lmao.Touchee Schalk.that comment made my day =P simple joys of good humour

  • RaveWolf1 - 2012-05-21 00:32

    Ok, No problem... Don't resume!!! Does that mean we can bring the buses back??? Yippee! So, More white and More Indian Police = No Taxi's!? I think we found our solution to Taxi driver Overpower!

  • RaveWolf1 - 2012-05-21 00:36

    No Whites or Indians??? Ok! can we use Chinese, Japanese or Cape Coloureds instead. Will that make you all feel better?

  • Joe Bute - 2012-05-21 00:36

    @silindile That comment of yours is embarrassing. You assume whites and Indians don't know Zulu and that is a racist comment within itself - but not my point. If the chop doesn't understand why he was ticketed then he should learn 3 basic English words - "I don't understand" - and I am sure the copper will point out in the internationally accepted form of communication

      Silindile - 2012-05-21 09:11

      I wasn't making that assumption based on nothing... If the taxi drivers are asking for their tickets to be issued in isiZulu, then its reasonable to assume that the white and indian traffic officers they've encountered have not been able to communicate with them in a language they understand... If you put aside your disdain for the taxi industry, you will be able to view the language barrier from an unbiased point of view.

      Byron - 2012-05-21 12:24

      @Silindile - I understand, but you're wasting time trying to explain this over here. This is not the forum for that. This is a comment-on-sensationalist-headlines forum and thumbs up thumbs down popularity contest. There's this little thing called context, which when applied really means - they want fines written in isizulu. This could've been communicated as such without the white/indian part added on - this is just giving ammo to the journo's to exploit - oh look another story that can be justifiably turned into racism (and hits) and revenue .. .great! They walked right into that one and that can be attributed to lack of experience in "playing the game".

      Kenny - 2012-05-22 14:56

      @Silindile - It does not help you by smoking your own socks, it is bad for your health. Taxis has been running for more than 40 years and not once this stupid acts have appeared. It is because the ANC gets away with stupid acts, now they think they can get away with stupid acts by pulling the race card. Please for your sake and everyone who likes to play the race card. CATCH A WAKE UP!!!!! It is getting old, and you know it is 99% not a race issue!!!

  • Maximus - 2012-05-21 00:37

    Black ignorance strikes again.

      liso.luthuli - 2012-05-21 01:22

      Couldn't have said it better! Its amazing how black people claim that they've been psychologically freed from apartheid and yet they don't gather the mentality to realise that if they can think independently then they can influence change no matter the demography!!we need to let go of the race card if we can't swallow the outcomes!

  • Joe Bute - 2012-05-21 00:41

    Cont.... @silindile I am sure the copper will point out using gesturing hand motions that the chops tire is smooth, or that he is 43 ppl in a minibus is not acceptable or that using duct tape to secure his door to the vehicle is a big no no. These guys don't need behaviour changes - the need to be taught common sense and k53 (if that still exists) lol.

      Silindile - 2012-05-21 09:17

      What's embarrassing is your suggestion that South African citizens be communicated to in random gestures and hand motions because you fail to accept that English is NOT everyones first language. There is an abundance of Zulu speaking cops in Durban. If the white or indian traffic officer can speak isiZulu, awesome. But if they can't, the taxi driver is well within his rights to request someone who does. Gestures and hand motions in 2012? Smh.

      Imraan - 2012-05-21 10:24

      All the road signage in KZN is in English not Zulu, The taxi drivers demands clearly indicate a shortage of grey matter and those who support them obviously have none.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-21 11:07

      Silindile, Zulu is not the official language of South Africa, there fore your arguement is pointless.

      Helen - 2012-05-21 11:31

      Jacqui - IsiZulu is one of 11 official languages of South Africa

      Byron - 2012-05-21 12:32

      @Helen - you have to excuse Jacqui, she's not referring to (and living in) present day south africa

      Silindile - 2012-05-21 14:46

      Imraan, the road signs are generally not in any particular language. They are mostly arrows with street names and numbers ie an arrow indicating that Margaret Mncadi is 500m away... Arrows and numbers are universal. Learning street names is not the same as knowing how to speak an entire language.

      Ineke - 2012-05-22 06:30

      @Silindile.. How would the arrows, 500m and other signs then be spelt in isiZulu?

      Lynton - 2012-05-22 16:52

      @Silindile. While I appreciate the point you are attempting to make. Them pleading ignorance and a total lack of knowledge regarding any form of English is insulting to us and them. English is at the moment the global language of business and pretty much anything else, I am an Afrikaans speaking person and I would not make it out of my house in the morning without doing something or hearing something that is English. Basically what I am trying to point out is that I don't know a person who doesn't have a basic enough grasp of the English language to at least be able to communicate at a certain level. And before I get berated, I'm pretty darn sure that if Zulu was the internationally accepted language I would by now have a damn good grasp of that too, and even now I have a very basic vocab.

  • Dave - 2012-05-21 00:44

    On the English issue, I bet my bottom dollar that if you stopped these guys and told them they just won a prize and was getting something for free they will understand you just fine....every one of them. In fact they would write a long letter explaining why they should receive it!!! Furthermore they should strive to speak English as it’s a universal language opposed to Zulu which is only spoken in SA.

      Stephan - 2012-05-21 07:17

      Dave , I bet you if you told them in Afrikaans they won money they would understand ..

      Jayne - 2012-05-21 09:55

      Even more scary, it is only spoken in 1 province!

      Helen - 2012-05-21 12:59

      @Jayne Actually - IsiZulu is spoken in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

      Kenny - 2012-05-22 16:47

      Ai Helen! You are such a smarty pants today!

  • joathanj - 2012-05-21 00:54

    Children are demanding eish!

  • mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-21 00:54

    Lol nw i understand why even at the universities when the is notice writen in english hve 2b writen also in sizulu,example danger-ingozi lol i dont believe this taxi drivers.

  • shawn.armani - 2012-05-21 01:02

    Oh please!!!!!!!!!another reason to strike let's all go crazy and brake things and throu dusbins over ....the thing these idiots don't get is that they are the ones that's gonna clean all that mess again why make life so difficult????its like u get cross at ur wife or husband etc and u brake ur house down who is gonna have to fix it?your going to fhave to do it yourself !!!they should just have finished school so that they can also think for them selves!they won't get a ticket if they don't brake the law period!!!!its not because you can't speak english that you get a low must ur iq be to come up with this stupid demands???and on top of that when you strike you loose money you couldve had....think like a boss not like a 5 year old child!I'm out peace...

      dumisiledee - 2012-05-21 12:16

      Shawn your grammar is pathetic man. Break vs brake....Punctuations as well. "think like a boss" type like one too hahahhahha

      Helen - 2012-05-21 13:02

      @Sam Simson - I totally agree. And what I would love to see is people taking responsibility. I mean - the Taxi drivers are saying "We are not going to abide by basic trafic laws and to make this more workable, do the following . . . ".

  • carol.dempers - 2012-05-21 01:24

    I have always admired the integrity, strEngth and peacefulness of the Zulu nation........ Sadly I see that I have been wrong! Taxi drivers are hurting their own people! Idiots! It is the old gogo who will have to walk home. It is the zulu mother with her baby that will have to walk miles to get home. It is the zulu street sweeper that cleans your mess. Please think before you need to make senes about small issues!!

      Koos - 2012-05-21 01:40

      Peacefulness? You must be joking. Remember Boipatong? It was Zulus doing the killing.

  • merushan - 2012-05-21 02:00

    And here I was thinkin only us indians and th whites are racist...

      merushan - 2012-05-21 03:57

      So you implying that we indians or whites don't know how to speak isizulu? You need to get your ears checked my friend!

      Stephan - 2012-05-21 07:21

      @Zyb .. the issue is not that they cant speak English . The issue is the 300 other demands they had .

      merushan - 2012-05-21 10:24

      Zyb used th wax from his ears and deleted his racist comment!

  • David Guest - 2012-05-21 02:58

    @shawn armani...u make me laugh dude,you talk about them going back to school,I think you need to as well for your's lose not loose and break not for the taxi drivers,your demands are a joke!

  • mzwandile.komeni - 2012-05-21 03:07

    Ridiculousness @ it's best!

  • mzwandile.komeni - 2012-05-21 03:07

    Ridiculousness @ it's best!

  • Themba - 2012-05-21 03:11

    Typical of black owned monopolistic taxi industry, no wonder their infancy demands r a redicule. Ndosi would solve them,if he was there stil. law should take its course.Arrest the disobidient!!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-21 03:45

    I cant believe this.These demands are a joke really.These Durban taxi operators should be reminded that South Africa is not a Banana republic.I call on all law enforcement agancies to arrest these people if they break the law.The law must take its course. You cant break traffic rules and demand that u must not be fined/arrested why?its because you r a public transport.nonsense.

      zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-21 03:53


  • Sibusiso - 2012-05-21 04:05

    Haha Zulu taxi drivers at it again,I know someone that is in the highest position in the union buildings that is from KZN- now we know his level of thinking

      Bomb - 2012-05-21 05:46

      @zybt99......there is life outside the racially devided box you live in. All your comments smack of racism, jeez man, take off the eye patches and live a bit!

      Bomb - 2012-05-21 09:13, I have my pride.

  • sbizman - 2012-05-21 04:06

    oh, good Lord... The headline is not misleading at all as it is the contents of the demands... Unless it was a bad translation from isizulu into the english language. I see the demands being ridiculous and are never gona be met by any bylaws... The kzn province has not only the Zulu ppl and therefore are not the only commuters... The english language is\r\nthe only neutral medium of communication for both whites, indians, blacks, shanganes and even the (kwerekweres). So if there are no other races in the bylaws, who's going to serve those who are not zulu speakers!???

  • percyzn - 2012-05-21 04:06

    Racism at its best wow!^~^

  • angie.cooke.96 - 2012-05-21 04:42

    I think the citizens of this country who put their lives in the hands of these barbaric animals, who have no other means of transport, should go on a seperate strike. Not only will they have no income but the government would be jumping up and down as they will lose billions!

  • rossdesouza - 2012-05-21 04:54

    It is so ironic that they say they are being targeted when majority of the problems you hear about, are usually associated with a taxi. Of course they would say that, so they can return to lawlessness and riot on the roads, killing and maiming as they go. They also shouldn't be allowed to stop where ever they want, if we all can't do that, then so can't they, without even mentioning the chaos they cause at every intersection on every road, around the entire country. I feel sorry for the tiny minority of taxi drivers who actually a abide to the rules of the road and have road worthy vehicles and are safe drivers.

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-05-21 04:54

    Eish, barbarians dictating to the government. What's next.

      Imraan - 2012-05-21 12:42

      @Ricky Naidoo - "What's Next" - The Government Agreeing to their demands!

      Pritt - 2012-05-22 07:57

      Imraan - well said

  • mceliwe - 2012-05-21 05:02

    Pity that we dont a good transport infrastructure in the country ,it would do them a wholeload of good if people could boycot them for a month. Unfortunately our economy is so reliant on this industry.

  • John - 2012-05-21 05:08

    The slow decent into utter anarchy!

  • tom.vorster - 2012-05-21 05:12

    Having just returned from Durban where I encountered taxis stopping three abreast to drop off/pick up passengers (even stopping in lanes designated for oncoming traffic) I dont blame the Metro Police for clamping down on this lawlessness. Traffic rules were designed to create order and ensure that vehicles and their occupants could get from A to B safely, anyone flouting the rules, whether a English language professor of an illiterate isiZulu-speaking taxi driver, deserves to be punished. They both should have passed a drivers test in order to get that licence (in the taxi drivers case also a Public Drivers Permit). All that said, surely after 18 years of running the eThekwini Metro, some deployed cadre should have come up with an idea to get all Metro Cops trained up in learning rudimentary isiZulu. Dont see anyone screaming at the ANC management of that Metro for insisting that all candidate cops have to be able to speak English.