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JMPDThe Star reports that more than 100 unroadworthy minibus taxis have been impounded by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department since 1 March, including 26 in a blitz in Rosettenville on Tuesday.  

Some of the taxis were in such bad condition that parts of the steering columns and dashboards were held together with hand-connected wires.  One taxi was using two screwdrivers, side by side, for the purpose of changing gears.  “They are death traps," said Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, adding that some taxis were “literally falling apart and were accidents waiting to happen".  Many had expired licence discs and false number plates, so it will take some time to track down the owners.  No arrests were made as the drivers blamed the owners for the bad condition of the vehicles.  Some 11 stolen taxis were also identified in the blitz.

  • Read this report by Anna Cox in full at The Star

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