BAD roads affect every driver in this kasi.

So taxi drivers in Botshabelo, Free State, decided to fix damaged roads after rain and sewage leaks had destroyed them.


Taximan Thabiso Molelekwa (33) from U section posted the photos on Facebook.

He told Daily Sun: “We took it upon ourselves to fix the roads because the municipality was doing nothing.

Taxi driver Morena Miri (42) from j section in Botshabelo was one of the drivers who took it to themselves to try and fix the roads. He is seen trying open path for the sewage from the roads on Wednesday. FACEBOOK

“We also called ward 36 Councillor Teboho Mohapi and he was with us when we worked.”

Another taxi driver, Morena Miri (42) from J section, said residents lent them wheelbarrows and tools to fix the roads.

“Another challenge was the leaking sewage. Our taxis always smelled like kak because we pass through it many times every day.

“Unlike buses, our taxis are being damaged by these roads.

“The municipality is failing us and the community,” said Morena.

Pule Sekhalo (49) from G section said they spent three hours trying to fix the roads.

Taxi drivers from Botshabelo gathered together and parked their Toyota Quantum taxis to fix the bad roads in West side of Botshabelo. FACEBOOK.

“We stopped doing business and did work meant for the municipality. We lost money during those hours,” Pule said.

After Mohapi monitored the taximen’s work, resident Thabang Moiloa (34) said the councillor’s job had been taken over by the taxi drivers.


“I would have loved to see councillor Mohapi being the one holding the spade and pushing the wheelbarrow.

“He’s getting paid to serve the community,” Thabang said.

Mohapi said: “Right now we’re still trying to fix and assess the situation. I will be able to comment further later.”