Gruesome Pirate Taxi, Kombi crash Claim Student Teacher's Life

Gruesome Pirate Taxi, Kombi crash Claim Student Teacher's Life
Published: 2016 June 09 02:19:21 (4492 Views)


ONE person died while eight others were injured, four critically, after a Nissan March and a commuter omnibus collided at the intersection of 12th Avenue extension and Park Road in Suburbs, Bulawayo, yesterday.

Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the accident.

“Eight people were injured in an accident that occurred along 12th Avenue extension and Park Road which involved a pirate taxi and a commuter omnibus.

‘‘The pirate taxi was carrying six passengers while the kombi had two people on board,” said Insp Simango.

She said both the driver of the pirate taxi and owner of the vehicle would be charged.

“The driver of the pirate taxi will be charged with culpable homicide and the owner for operating without an operators’ licence.

“We’re appealing to members of the public not to board these pirate taxis and urge all drivers to observe traffic rules and regulations,” said Insp Simango.



Witnesses said Lawrence Mahachi, 20, the driver of the pirate taxi which plies the City-Hillside route, allegedly failed to give way and turned in front of oncoming traffic resulting in the collision.

A woman, believed to be a student teacher at Hillside Teachers’ College, was trapped together with another passenger in the Nissan March and died on the spot.

According to a witness, Megan Williams, the Nissan March came speeding, swerved and collided with the commuter omnibus which was heading towards the city centre.

“It seems the Nissan March driver panicked and tried to swerve to avoid ramming the vehicle ahead of him resulting in the collision.

Passers-by had to use an axe to prise through the body material of the Nissan March in an attempt to rescue two passengers who were trapped in the vehicle before the fire brigade arrived.

Another witness, Khumbulani Moyo, said the Nissan March was speeding as it approached the intersection, while there was another vehicle ahead of it which was waiting to make a turn and drive along Park Road.

“The Nissan March swerved into the opposite lane as the driver was attempting to apply brakes and avoid ramming the vehicle from behind, only to be hit by the on-coming Toyota Hiace commuter omnibus which was in the opposite lane. The kombi dragged the Nissan March for a few metres until it came to a stop,” Moyo said.

Acting Fire Brigade chief fire officer Edward Mpofu said they received a call of the accident at around 7:50AM and rushed to the scene to rescue some passengers who were trapped in the Nissan March.

“A Nissan March from the city centre reportedly turned right in front of an oncoming commuter omnibus. Two people were trapped in the Nissan March and the Fire Brigade extricated the trapped persons although one of them died on the spot,” he said.

Mpofu said eight people were ferried to United Bulawayo Hospitals by different ambulances.

Motorists and residents expressed concern and called on the local authority to erect speed humps or traffic lights at the intersection.

“A week doesn’t pass without an accident occurring here… it has become a black spot particularly on weekends.

‘‘There is a curve which many drivers fail to negotiate resulting in collisions,” said a motorist who declined to be named.

Others blamed the police for being lenient with pirate taxi operators whose driving conduct has left many wondering if they are licensed at all.

“The police are always keen on harassing drivers with all documents but these pirate taxis have become a law unto themselves.

‘‘Most of them don’t even have licences but they drive around the city putting lives of not only themselves but all other road users at risk,” said Mehluli Mpofu.



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Anonymous user 2016 June 09 11:56:12
why are the police letting them continue, i observed 2 Nissan March vehicles without number plates proceed through the police road block near the Trade Fair grounds this am.
Anonymous user 2016 June 09 11:20:41
I think putting traffic lights or humps is a good idea
Anonymous user 2016 June 09 09:25:03
These pirate taxi operators think they own the roads and unfortunately most of them are owned by the cops themselves. Of late one can't even get parking by 12th avenue because of them..6th avenue is worse...and if traffic cops really wanted to get rid of them..they would. They wait until something horrible like this happens to take any action...that's if they do.
Anonymous user 2016 June 09 08:19:32
Its high time someone does something about these idiots on our roads...they are just too much now and the ZRP traffic idiots do nothing to them. They are a menace because of corruption from the ZRP traffic idiots. Yet they harass motorist who are compliant.
Anonymous user 2016 June 09 08:02:43
Pirate taxis are operating without number plates and drivers without licences ..these vehicles are probably owned by the police themselves ..that's why they are above the Law. Genuine drivers are harassed daily by police but the pirate taxis are constantly on the move ???
Anonymous user 2016 June 09 07:04:55
Our verges are not being cleared of tall grass all along 12th Ave to Ilanda gardens. Our roads are a hazard !!!!!!!!!! Private car taxis are a nightmare. Nothing being done.

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