Nobody Cares!


Why have people in South Africa become so unhelpful, actually they really just don’t care! I drive a 1964 Beetle. Why is this relevant?

Well that means I drive a car that can’t lock when you are in it (other than sticking your hand through the window to lock it with the key) because when it was made, safety wasn’t an issue. They can’t even replace the door handles with a newer models, because it is so unique. Great for safety in this country, rite? It also means my car breaks down A LOT. I actually consider myself a rather skillful driver when it comes to improvising as I constantly have to try new things to keep my car running or to get it running again (like pressing the clutch, break and accelerator at the same time with only two feet).

To get back to the point I was trying to make, is that out of all of the times I have broken down (including yesterday, as it was starting to get really dark) not once has anyone (other than taxi drivers) stopped to offer any form of help. I really appreciate the offers from the taxi drivers, but you can’t really blame me for being a bit weary of them can you.

The South African taxi drivers have really been good to me though, offering help where they can, even when they see how weary of them I am.

Why are South Africans so unhelpful? Is it because of the crime? Is it because they are scared that I will hijack them? I don’t understand it! Guys help me out here. Surely when you driving behind a young girl and everything is going well, until suddenly she randomly stops in the middle of the road, and has to roll onto the pavement… you could see something is wrong. Why does nobody help?

I have come to a point now, that I don’t even expect any help. I tell you the day I get help from a white South African is surely the day it will snow in Pretoria. People have become insensitive and uncaring towards other people, and I want to know why.

P.S: Girls I understand why you wouldn’t stop (if you are alone, no matter how much you would want to), but guys instead of staring when you drive by, how about just rolling down your window and asking if everything is ok. Is that too much to ask?


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    October 17, 2008 at 2:16 am

    isn’t it totally weird that the ppl that cause the most havoc on the roads are the ones most willing to help?

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    October 17, 2008 at 2:24 am

    It’s very weird…maybe we shouldn’t all be taking out our anger and road rage on them…ha ha ha.

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    October 17, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    I think its a city thing. I live in a small town (plett) and you are liable to get offered a lift if you stretch roadside. Your tags for this post are wild.

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