Ask anyone anywhere in South Africa what the biggest scourge in this nation is and they will probably answer “crime” or “Jacob Zuma”. Ask them what is the biggest scourge on the roads and they will probably answer “crime”, “Jacob Zuma” or “taxis”.
Taxis are a law unto themselves in this country, breaking rules, endangering lives and making the ride to the amusement park a lot more of an adrenaline rush that the roller coaster once you actually get there.
So reviled is the minibus taxi – and so happy to disregard any rule of law – that Helen “Twee Hoede” Zille, mayor of Cape Town, has threatened to call in the Army to make them behave.
Meanwhile, civil rights group AfriForum have suggested that citizens take photos of “lawless taxis”:
AfriForum created an e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, to which the public may send the pictures, as well as details of the event, after which AfriForum’s legal team will formulate a complaint on behalf of the public for submission to the SA Police Service.
Alternatively, if you don’t want the bother of emailing a picture in, you could always just put it on your blog with a brief description of the driver.
Don’t hold back: tell us what you really think, Emil!
For you non-Afrikaans speakers out there: “Easy stereotyping – The driver of this taxi is a [censored].”
Better out than in, Emil. Thanks for your honesty. Aaaaaaand relax!