The Muslim community is battling to congregate at the Mosque due to the loud music played by young scholar transport drivers. Some of these drivers who mostly drive Avanza’s play their music at such deafening levels that they disturb the peace in the Eastdene Area, as prayers are held daily at the Mosque. To add to the woes, the Muslims community is currently observing the month of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Members of the Islamic community appealed to Steve Tshwete Local Municipality to put up sign boards of no hooting or loud music around the mosque and school areas.
A concerned congregant told The Herald that it is very disappointing that the people who support businesses like the buses and taxis are treated in such a vile and disgusting way. Not only is the music loud, but the tracks are also laced with offensive and explicit lyrics as well. “Children aren’t being transported to a disco, they are being transported to a school.” Concerns around the loud music, late coming and over -crowded taxis were raised by parents. It is alleged that younger drivers also take them to parties and transport liquor for pupils.
The decibel levels in some taxis exceed 160 decibels. Imagine sitting in that taxi for two hours every day of your working life. Authorities said they had addressed the problem with taxi owners and will take further steps regarding the matter.