- A taxi driver skipped a red light and ran over four Newlands East learners, killing three and injuring one
- The community took to the scene of the accident to protest taxi negligence
- Social media users offered their heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims
South Africans were devastated by news of a motor vehicle accident in Newlands, which killed three school learners. Many people took to social media to share their frustrations with reckless drivers and the needless loss of young lives.
On Wednesday, a minibus taxi ran into four learners after ignoring a red traffic light. Three teens were killed on site while one sustained serious injuries.
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South Africans expressed their anger at the ongoing negligence of taxi drivers and the associations who fail to ensure their drivers abide by road rules, and they blocked roads in protest. Protesters burnt tires and threw stones, asserting that they have had enough of the reckless behaviour of the taxi industry.
Many community members on the scene demanded that action be taken against the taxi association that owns the taxi.
The driver has been charged with three counts of culpable homicide.
Some social media users chastised people and organisations uploading videos and images of inconsolable family members who were distraught by the tragic events. They claimed it was disrespectful to record their grieving process.
South Africans sympathised with the families of the deceased.
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