People speak on age limit for kombi drivers

BULAWAYO - Government has announced its intentions to review the Highway Code and raise the minimum age requirement for public transport drivers from the current 25 to 35 years to curb road accidents.

The Daily News reporter Letwin Nyambayo took to TM Hyper terminus in Bulawayo to glean public opinion on the move.

Macdonald Majaya, 29, kombi driver

“I started driving when I was 19 and I think at 35, a person will be too old to start operating a kombi thus cannot survive on it because at that age they would have settled down and have to take care of their family.

“Most kombi drivers quit at the age of 35 and look for better jobs or even start their own businesses. Driving a kombi is nothing but a stepping stone for many youths, so they should be granted the opportunity.”

Prosper Jiyane, 25, kombi driver

“The age limit is not fair, what will we do if we lose our jobs? Most of the people who drive kombis are between 20 and 35 years and if they are barred what’s next?”

Robert Ndebele, 26

“I have been driving kombis since I was 18 and I have realised that it is not necessarily age that makes a good driver. The causes of accidents are mainly due to poor regulations, poor enforcement of regulations and corruption by traffic police. I therefore think the current age limit which is 25 is okay.”

Shadreck Maphosa, 54

“The age limit is too high. What will happen to our youths given the fact that there are no employment opportunities available?

Most of the drivers take up this job after they finish school at the age of 17. The Zimbabwe situation is difficult.”

Douglas Mahlekete, 25

“I smell corruption. First, it was the banning of the kombis now it’s the age limit. I think the government just wants us to use their buses which will benefit them alone but this is sad because youths will not benefit anything.”

Edwin Dube, 25

“The age limit is not fair for us because this is the only industry we have been working in. The only qualification most of us drivers have is a driver’s licence. If we are barred from driving kombis at an early age, most of us will start stealing to make a living and there is bound to be an increase of crime in the country.”

Simbarashe Mbiza, 21, kombi driver

“We will continue to drive the kombis either way. Police are the only ones that have the power to stop us but fortunately in Zimbabwe it is all about bribing corrupt cops.

“We cannot survive in this country without jobs. Zanu PF promised youths 2 million jobs in the next five years through their Zim-Asset manifesto but according to economists, this has only proven to be a fallacy and an unachievable goal.

Comments (8)

The police failed to enforce the current age limit due to their corrupt practices. Ngavatange vagona kuti mutemo uripo ushande. Cde Minister must take note that accidents happen after the kombis had passed through several road blocks. The solution is simple, if a passenger service vehicle is involved in an accident without a qualified driver and documentation, take the police to task as we know with 100% accuracy that in Zimbabwe no kombi will pass through a road block without being stopped.

The Elder - 12 June 2014

Kombi driver must have clean class one and Zanu Pf must go-period!

Tawanda - 12 June 2014

where will we go? simple go to the deserted new farms. endai mundopisa fodya, ndimi wechidiki mune ropa rinomhanya nemarasha. Kutotiza kumusha kuzolouder wabereki mumakombi nefoul language. go back kufodya isingadi masasi emhando. if you steal, you go to jail. mazuvano there is RMG there. unotambwa rafu, coz ari panzara.

fairtalk - 12 June 2014

"We will continue to drive the kombis either way. Police are the only ones that have the power to stop us but fortunately in Zimbabwe it is all about bribing corrupt cops." Well said by Simbarashe Mbiza, 21. Even if they increase the age limit to 40 were life begins the 18 year olds will still drive Kombis. Another problem with our corps is that a person finishes his 'O" levels at 16, passes Shona and Agriculture, then goes to join the police. Many pple are joining the police force at a very tender age hence the Kombi drivers and the police same same kusiyana mabasa chete.

Muchamaya Kache - 13 June 2014

Why is it every minister who takes over a ministry would want to out smart his predecessor and who is benefitting from all these changes.

Anorld - 13 June 2014

Its nothing to do with age, government needs to sort out pot holed roads and lighting fulstop. Why limit other people's careers, we have ministers and presidents over their expiry dates but still working

Tongai Ncube - 13 June 2014

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