- A viral video shows police asking passengers to disembark from a minibus taxi
- An astonishing 25 people emerge from the overloaded vehicle
- The incident happened in Chatsworth, Durban
A viral video shows police in Chatsworth, Durban, busting a taxi driver transporting 25 passengers — well over the legal limit.
A police officer, Steve Middleton, shared the video on his Facebook profile, Briefly.co.za learned. He accompanied it with the caption:
To all: I know transport is transport, but 25 passengers today in this taxi. You are somebody's Granny, Grandfather, Mother, Father, Uncle , Aunt, Sister, Brother etc, If something happened here today, you could all possibly have been dead. Please Community, have your safety at heart. We Cherish you, but can't allow this. Thank You Colleagues.
In the video, police officers are seen asking passengers to disembark from the minibus taxi one by one.
They counted them to a total of 25, meaning that the vehicle was heavily overloaded. The incident apparently happened on 28 November.
The video has been viewed over 52,000 times so far. Social media users expressed outrage at the taxi driver for putting passengers' lives at risk.
Others also criticised the passengers as well for boarding an overloaded taxi. Duckly Mosehla wrote:
25 passengers inside a Quantum, jerrrr, anything happens they are all gone. Some people are risking with their lives, like really? They where all going to suffocate.
Jarad Damian praised the police officers:
Look people, yes, the police officers speak rudely but it's good that they're doing their job. It's even better that they're recording so nobody can accuse them of bribes and the few officers that want bribes can be exposed. Once again, well done.
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