A video showing the havoc caused by taxis during peak Johannesburg traffic has angered South African motorists.
The common view among Mzansi motorists is that taxi drivers are a law unto themselves.
A prime example of this was in a recent video showing the havoc caused on the corners of Thomas Bowler and Beyers Naude in Johannesburg.
Intelligence Bureau SA shared the video via their Facebook page and it’s already been viewed 54 000 times since Monday morning.
The footage shows how lawless taxi drivers block off the road for oncoming cars.
The commentator in the video shares his disgust as the taxi drivers then proceed to jump a set of red traffic lights.
Based on the video’s caption, the administrator of the Facebook page takes exception to the fact that no Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers are visible.
Social media users shared their frustration as well.
Sipho Jameson said, “JMPD are still in police station drinking coffee catching up on briberies! Even criminals knows very well you will never find or see JMPD or SAP around that time! Our sisters are being hijacked in traffic because police don’t want traffic stress! They wait till the traffic is over! Say around 8:30 you might start to see one metro police not yet SAP...SAP they start to operate when it’s heading to lunch time...doing lousy roadblocks for lunch money! You won’t see any cops around traffic time!”
Dylan Willson commented, “And NOTHING gets done about it because JMPD and Government are scared of the Taxi industry.”
Some people shared their admiration for the taxi industry and suggested dedicated taxi lanes but this was swiftly shot down by most other Facebook users.
Mthulisi Ncube Malaba said, “This page and everyone should be advocating for taxi lanes, these guys transport millions of the most vital resource of the economy. Why can't the gvt do something, if Reavaya is given a lane why not the taxi what is the difference?”
Leon Roux responded: “o really? If for one moment i thought that a taxi lane would be the solution, i would be the 1st to be advocating. Secondly, do you think the other millions driving on the correct side of the road do nothing for the economy? They are just there to fill open spaces? And what about my cool trucks? They are there now, on the correct side of the road, transporting your chicken to your favorite KFC.”
Scott Lee added, “Mthulisi Ncube Malaba why not upgrade the transportation system full stop and eventually phase out taxis. We will never move into the future with taxis..this criminal organisation has to be dealt with once and for all.”
Mandla Mthembu asked, “Who is failing who here bcoz everywhere if traffic cops are needed they are nowhere to be found? Unless by the corner of the roads mounting unnecessary roadblocks so as to enrich their pockets. The mayor has failed dismally.”
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