Watch as traffic comes to a standstill to watch taxi drivers violently beat a motorist in the street.
With the current state of South African roads and the inherent aggression that South African drivers are famous for, there is no escaping the fact that the traffic here sucks. While it’s easy to get irate with inconsiderate drivers, drivers who don’t indicate, who speed or who force their way in to gaps that never existed, you would be better off just letting go, taking a deep breath, shrugging your shoulders and relaxing, than bursting into a rage.
While there are no hard and fast statistics that deal with road rage directly, as it is yet to be classified as a crime, anecdotal evidence suggests that the incidence of road rage is on the increase in South Africa. What’s more is that crimes committed as a result of road rage are becoming increasingly violent.
“Road rage is defined as an incident in which an angry or impatient motorist or passenger intentionally injures or kills another motorist passenger or pedestrian, or attempts or threatens to injure another motorist passenger or pedestrian,” explains the AASA. The problem here is that road rage is more often than not a result of external factors and situations rather than those arising on the road; these include stress, depression and pent up aggression. As a result, minor incidents such as being cut off or throwing a zap sign, have the potential to escalate rapidly into a situation that lacks all sense of proportion and can end in violence.