South Africa to drive deathtrap taxis off the road

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CAPE TOWN, July 25 (Reuters) - South Africa will drive 10,000 old and dangerous minibus taxis off the road by the end of next year and compensate their owners under a plan to rid its streets of "deathtraps", the transport minister said. The vast private taxi industry, a legacy of apartheid-era under investment in public transport for the black majority, uses some 100,000 vehicles to transport around 70 percent of South Africa's commuters -- mostly poor and black. The government's 7.7 ...

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