WATCH: Self-proclaimed traffic controller on safety mission

Andreaus diligently carries out his well-intended work despite the scorching heat

ANDREAUS Khanyi flashes a friendly smile and gives a passing bus a thumbs up, clutching onto his hat as it catches the slipstream.

A few months ago, Khanyi took it upon himself to ensure that the intersection of Maxwell and Nkwanazi streets remains accident free and motorists passing through now do so under the ‘guidance’ of the self-proclaimed traffic controller – even though traffic lights are present to regulate vehicle movements.

‘The colours are very important to save lives,’ he says gravely. ‘Green is good, ja, but its good to check first.’

When on duty he paces across the intersection constantly, waving in the direction he feels his charges should take.

Guided by a polite hoot here and there to keep him from straying too far into the wrong lane, traffic adapts around him as his movements flow in cohesion with the changing of the traffic lights.

‘You must watch out when it’s gold (orange),’ he warns. ‘Accidents will happen if you don’t.’

Andreaus claims he was inspired to start working at the intersection after witnessing an accident there, and that in addition to guiding traffic, it is his also his responsibility to check if cars are ‘clean’ to drive.

‘Red is to stop, né,’ says Andreaus. ‘If you make a stupid accident because of ‘amabomu’ (carelessness), then RAF won’t pay, hau.’

Showcasing his ‘diski’ skills to remove litter from the road as he goes along, Andreaus stops to ask a friendly-looking driver how he’s doing, and when he’s lucky, his smile and some sound advice is traded for a few coins.

‘Eish, sometimes maybe a man’s wife is angry with him, and then he fights with me,’ retorts Andreaus, clicking his tongue. ‘Or maybe he just wants a new taxi. Angazi.’


Tameem Cajee

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