Woman dies, 14 hurt as taxi rolls

2011-12-30 11:12

Johannesburg - A woman was killed and 14 others were injured when their minibus taxi overturned in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg on Friday, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said a man and young girl were critically injured in the accident on Main Reef road in the early hours of Friday.

The minibus, which had been towing a trailer, appeared to have started veering violently across the road.

"The driver was unable to correct this and the vehicle overturned and rolled several times before coming to rest at the roadside."

Several passengers were flung from the taxi as it rolled. One woman died at the scene.

The injured were taken to the Charlotte Maxeke, Chris Hani Baragwanath and Leratong state hospitals.

  • godesha - 2011-12-30 11:17

    These taxi accidents have become an everyday occurence. How many more people must die before something is done about them?

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 11:31

      Try and stop these taxi bosses, they will burn SA down. I wonder how many are owned by Ministers too, would explain the collapse of public transport.

      godesha - 2011-12-30 12:24

      @goyougoodthing. Now there is something I never thought about and I won't be surprised if that is the case.

      Mr C - 2011-12-30 12:37

      Money means more to the taxi bosses than the lives of the people they transport unfortunately.

  • Koos - 2011-12-30 11:20

    aai jaai jaai... ANOTHER taxi causing death during the holidays.... minister of transport... open your eyes.... they are ruthless drivers..... take the taxi's of the road!!! they have been the main cause of 99% of all road deaths and accidents!!! strongs to the family members!!

      lynch - 2011-12-30 11:33

      Koos if the taxis are off the road, would you be willing to give us those who do not own cars lift? come on man that's not the solution.

      Klaus - 2011-12-30 12:48

      It is the responsibility of any caring and properly functioning Municipality to provide Public Transport. I propose that as of 1 January 2012 NO new Mini Bus Licences will be issued, ALL existing Mini Busses will be subject to a one yearly Inspection for New Cars, decreasing per month as car age per year, after 5 years cars will be scrapped, by than Municipal Transport must be properly organized and in place

      Koos - 2011-12-30 12:49

      @ Lynch.... at the the death toll wont be so high and families will have more loved ones alive than dead!!

  • Kate - 2011-12-30 11:22

    The amount of media coverage about Taxi's speaks volumes. Has the Minister of Transport not got the message yet? It is not a rhetorical question!!

      Ben S - 2011-12-30 11:27

      No he receives his pay cheque monthly, why would he be worried about anything?

  • Nelson - 2011-12-30 11:23

    we from namibia thought our road fatality statistics was bad during this times till we heard of South Africas statisitcs. Thought the numbers where even exagarated

      lynch - 2011-12-30 11:31

      Don't compare man!

  • Mhlonso - 2011-12-30 11:49

    The Government has exempted the taxis from Tolling. Therefore placing them above the law.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 11:53

      Who owns the taxis, one must work out it's our Minstrels, oh Ministers, at the top.

      PyroSA - 2011-12-30 12:19

      How does being exempt from toll fees make them exempt from the law? When average speed enforcement is implemented on the ORT route, it might actually have some interesting ramifications for taxis. They are legally limited to 100km/h so they could get heavily fined if they exceed that speed on the tolled sections.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 12:31

      Pyro I just drove 200km on our N3, not ONE traffic cop anywhere. GP plates passing on the left and right and taxis so overloaded you could see their suspension failing. How will issuing fines, if they ever happen, reduce fatalities as they never pay fines! ( And I won't either until they do. I throw them away and they seem to disappear.)

  • Paulo - 2011-12-30 11:52

    But I can help but get annoyed when you see how many people die on the roads and then it's just collateral damage, you know the authorities should do more to ensure public transport is safe (making sure the dirvers are fit for purpose) and then also need to police them-but sadly not and they just leave to people who organise it along tribal lines only concerend about money. But these very same authorities are very quick to shout and sceam when it involves the mining industry. I can only deduce that they are hypocrites.

  • don.odendaal - 2011-12-30 12:00

    weapon of mass destruction (SA Taxi) These so called taxis need to be regulated properly IE roadworthy every 6 months if a vehicle is stopped whilst unroadworthy on 3 seperate ocasions 1st time fine for driver and owner 2nd time fine for driver 6 months for owner with a fine 3rd time jail time and fine for owner and driver and vehicle impounded and crushed owner to pay costs ect this might help the problem. then start and introduse proper bus routs with reliable equipment and efficient staff to slowly remove the taxis and if the taxis start to cause trouble by blocking roads ect well im sure a tank followed by a bulldozer would stop that very quickly along with some soldiers with r5 rifles

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2011-12-30 12:08


      Irene - 2011-12-30 14:56

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  • Robert - 2011-12-30 12:13

    The passanger deaths caused by taxi accidents is the cost of doing business, and this cost is very small if you take the amount of people that get transported successfully each day into consideration. really crazy if think about it.

  • mike.bester1 - 2011-12-30 13:22

    Bla Bla Bla not even news worthy

  • Anita Harms - 2011-12-30 13:59

    Even roadworthy taxis are involved in taxi accidents. So maybe the problem is actually the savage behind the steering wheel...

      Irene - 2011-12-30 14:56


      Alva - 2011-12-30 16:57

      Well put!

  • Darra - 2011-12-30 19:00

    Lets give them a name! 007's !!!!! (remember?... Licensed To Kill?) (with apologies to Ian Fleming.)

  • donatello.dawn - 2012-01-15 14:15

    these guys drive like hooligans, selfish and inconsiderate, i mean,who drives 140 with more than 16 passengers in his vehicle...if only we had female taxi drives, things would be so much better, they are more responsible.

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