Lucas Khumalo
2 minute read
23 May 2020
7:20 am

Lockdown Diaries: Please spare a thought for taxi industry

Lucas Khumalo

I’m asking Mr Ramaphosa on their behalf: please help. They need some form of relief to have hope for tomorrow.

Commuters are seen at the Bara Taxi Rank in Soweto, 23 April 2020, during a joint patrol by the SANDF, SAPS and JMPD, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: Michel Bega

I catch a taxi to work five days a week. The strict lockdown rules Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula imposed on the public transport system mean I’m at work hours before the copy streams in and must leave before the sun is down – whether my work is done or not. But I’m not complaining, not after I heard my taxi driver’s tale of woe. “It’s bad, man,” he says with a sad face. “It is very difficult to cope or even live during this lockdown. “I need to be paid so that I can feed my family. Right now, I...