- A taxi carrying 22 passengers including 11 children was caught redhanded travelling between provinces
- MEC Faith Mazibuko clarified that the vehicle had been attempting to ferry passengers from Limpopo to Gauteng
- Using back roads, the taxi was busted when stopped by traffic officers
Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko has confirmed a taxi carrying 22 passengers was caught attempting to sneak across provincial lines.
Flouting the law limiting the number of passengers allowed as well as the restrictions on interprovincial travel, the occupants of the vehicle have gotten themselves into a fair amount of trouble for their efforts.
Mazibuko revealed that the occupants had been caught in Mamelodi, Pretoria over the weekend.
“They are coming from Marble Hall in Limpopo and allege that they used gravel roads to avoid roads with roadblocks."
Using back roads to avoid numerous roadblocks, the taxi had been carrying six unaccompanied minors between the ages of three and 13.
One woman commented that this was nothing out of the ordinary, revealing that her neighbour had flouted lockdown restrictions numerous times to make the same journey.
“My neighbour went to Marble Hall two times during this lockdown. They use Moloto Road or that road after Bronkhorstspruit."
Mazibuko had been surprised to hear this, saying that a roadblock had been set up on this exact road.
While the lockdown will be relaxed to Level 4 on Friday, interprovincial travel will still be limited to essential workers and special circumstances with travellers required to apply for permits.
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