The City of uMhlathuze is moved by the heroic act of a Richards Bay Taxi Driver who braved all odds to assist a pregnant women to deliver a baby on the roadside enroute from Richards Bay to Nongoma.

Mayor Cllr Mduduzi Mhlongo, said Mr Nhlonipho Zulu (31), from Ward 5 eNseleni, has completely changed the negative perceptions about the minibus taxi drivers and operators and gave a new meaning to Ubuntu.

Zulu had picked up Ms Ntombenhle Mthethwa, as per the normal taxi duties, little did he know that he was going to be faced with the surprising task of assisting in delivering a new born baby on the roadside at night.

“We want to commend Mr Zulu for his bravery and gallant spirit of Ubuntu. Mr Zulu’s courage to assist an unknown women just a mere passenger during the evening to deliver a baby was an extraordinary act of selflessness and humanity. This is a kind of crop of drivers we need, who goes an extra mile to assist passengers,” Mhlongo said.

Mhlongo said the Taxi industry has been tainted with bad perceptions and all drivers painted with the same brush. This comes in the backdrop of recent City’s shut down by Richards Bay Taxi Owners who were fighting with vagrants, which was amicably resolved upon intense engagements with the Mayor.

“Mr Zulu’s act has erased loads of such negativity and introduced a different character to the taxi drivers of which we want all of them to inculcate. In an ordinary society, men have cultural, religious beliefs and general fear of a pregnant woman, let alone when she has to deliver a baby. We thank Mr Zulu for opting to assist in the shocking situation he was facing. Zulu saved two lives that could have been lost," Mhlongo said.

Mhlongo further said the City of uMhlathuze is planning to meet with Mr Zulu, the Richards Bay Taxi Association, Regional Santaco to pass a message of gratitude to Zulu, sometime next week.