Umphathi wamatekisi ubulawe ngemuva kokugubha iminyaka emithathu yokuthula

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NgoLwesithathu mhla zingama-28 kuMbasa, uPeter Mothabe wethule inkulumo yakhe embuthanweni wabaphathi bamatekisi ayekanye nabo ababejabulela iminyaka engama-60 yenhlangano yabo.

Umcimbini obuse-Birchwood Hotel e-Boksburg, bebegubha  neminyaka emithathu kungekho ukubulawa kwabantu ematekisini e-Greater Alberton Taxi Association.

UMothabe, obengusihlalo wesifunda sase-Sedibeng, unxuse amanye amaqembu amatekisi eNingizimu Afrika ukuthi “ayeke [ukubulala] aqale ukubala imali ezindlini zamabhodi hhayi izidumbu emakhazeni”.

NgoLwesihlanu mhla zingama-30, wadutshulwa washona.

UBrenda Tshabalala, uzakwabo, uthe ababulali abebehamba nge-Mercedes Benz benze lo msebenzi wokudubula erenki ematasa yase-Vereeniging. “Ngiphatheke kabi. Abanye abantu abakule mboni banonya kakhulu,” esho.

U-Emmanuel Maleka, okhulumela i-Top Six Taxi Industry, ukuqinisekisile ku-Scrolla.Africa ukuthi uMothabe udutshulwe wabulawa ngumuntu okusolakala ukuthi ubethunyiwe.

UMothabe wajoyina imboni yamatekisi ngowezi-1979 futhi wasinda ezehlakalwemi eziningi zokubulawa. Kwesinye isehlakalo, lapho ebalekela ababezombulala, wabandakanyeka engozini yokulimala ikhanda eyashiya uphawu lwaphakade esiphongweni sakhe.

UTshabalala uthe ubemazi uMothabe kusukela ngowezi-1989 ngesikhathi esaqhubeka ne-South African National Taxi Council (i-Santaco). “Uhlale iminyaka eminingi kwi-Santaco ngaphambi kokujoyina i-national top six lapho asebenze khona kwaze kwaba yisikhathi sokushona kwakhe.

“Ubengumuntu ojabule ngokuba munye kwethu ngoLwesithathu ngesikhathi sigubha iminyaka emithathu yokungabibikho ukubulawa kwabantu okuhlobene namatekisi. Ngingazi ukuthi uzolandela futhi abe ngowokuqala eminyakeni emithathu,” esho.

Isithombe: Peter Mothabe eBirchwood Hotel 

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