“Is That the Gaatjie?” White Cape Town Man Working on Taxi Gets Mzansi Smiling

“Is That the Gaatjie?” White Cape Town Man Working on Taxi Gets Mzansi Smiling

  • A woman spotted a white man in Sea Point, Cape Town, working as a gaatjie for a taxi driver
  • Gaatjies, individuals who operate the door and take people's fares, usually are people of colour in the taxi industry
  • Because of the man's race, internet users shared their surprise and commented on the man's positive attitude

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A woman spotted a white man working in a taxi as a gaatjie.
A white man in Cape Town became a 'gaatjie' to assist a taxi driver. Images: BFG Images / Getty Images, @mandisa_banda / TikTok
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A white man in Cape Town captured the hearts of many internet users when they spotted him working as a gaatjie for a taxi driver.

In a video shared by a woman named Mandisa (@mandisa_banda) on TikTok, the unidentified man hops in and out of the taxi to let passengers in the vehicle in the popular and affluent suburb of Sea Point.

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The man is casually dressed for his non-strenuous job, wearing a headband, a long-sleeved top, and long pants that resemble pyjamas.

Mandisa, who hoped the man was well paid, captioned her post:

"I hope he’s getting his bag up!"

Watch the video below:

Mzansi reacts to white gaatjie

A gaatjie, often a person of colour, frequently accompanies a taxi driver and ensures that passengers pay their fare and get off at the desired stops. Therefore, some people were surprised that the 'sliding door operator' was white. Nevertheless, local internet users took to the comment section with positivity.

@its_big_ace shared with the online community:

"I've BEEN seeing this dude. He runs the Sea Point Route. This man is next level."

@lesedi_light_ said of the man's presence:

"He's just happy to be there."

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@chanteaesau wrote in the comment section:

"I don't know him, but his vibe seems so easygoing and humble. I absolutely love it."

After @jordan.gallant3 claimed the man to be someone called Ben and others alleged he was a University of Cape Town student studying politics, the TikTokker told Mandisa:

"This is his legit side hustle. He does it all the time. He just likes the vibes."

Woman in taxi insults man for leaning on her

In a related story, Briefly News reported about a TikTok video that showed a heated moment two passengers had on public transport.

In the video by @nombusok25, a woman in a taxi hurled insults at another passenger. She was upset that a man leaned on her, and she did not hold back. The woman accused the man of not bathing and threatened to slap him.

Source: Briefly News

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