- Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police arrested a taxi driver for overloading his taxi
- He had 46 learners in his taxi and a total of 48 passengers
- His passengers were all school learners and a video of the incident was shared on social media
Police pulled over a taxi and asked its passengers to step outside because it was overloaded with young school kids. A video of the incident shocked Mzansi as they watched way too many young learners step out the taxi, Briefly.co.za found.
Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police were on patrol in the afternoon after school when they noticed the taxi. News24 reported that 45 children were in the Quantum taxi as well as a passenger in the front.
The police warned parents to avoid letting their kids get into an overloaded vehicle. The driver was arrested and held at Algoa Park Police Station in Port Elizabeth.
The video drew attention to the persisting problem of learners not having transport to attend school and their parents having to find cost-effective ways to ensure their education, Briefly.co.za found.
A man shared his frustration that such incidents happen too often and says when he is a parent he will insist that his child only use the MyCiti buses.
Trying to find a lighter side to the situation, social media users joked that the taxi was more like a classroom because the driver was transporting half the school.
Many South Africans were also concerned and asserted that it was almost enough passengers for a bus.
Other users were shocked and said that it is unsafe because an accident would hurt a lot of children.
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