Cliff Buchler
2 minute read
22 Jan 2020
6:20 am

The daily nightmare that is township traffic

Cliff Buchler

Total gridlock. Taxis, cars, bakkies, motorcycles, push bikes and pedestrians jamming the sole main arterial and every off-shoot street.

Cliff Buchler.

The early morning phone call was expected. It would’ve been a heads-up from Suzette, our house carer, to say she’s waiting at the taxi rank for me to pick her up. It was her on the line, but unfamiliarly sounding stressed. She had taken ill and not fit for work. With a woman’s intuition, my Heidi decided to get her to a clinic or hospital. This meant a 10km trip to Suzette’s home in a region known for ongoing protests, many of them associated with violence and vandalism. What faced us as we neared the turnoff from the highway was...