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'The majority of them are rude and a nuisance!' - How do you feel about window washers at traffic intersections in SA?

2018-09-13 08:44

Janine Van der Post

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Image: Wayne Morehen

Earlier in September Wheels24 published a video (featured at the end of this article) highlighting window washers at traffic intersections in South Africa. 

The parody video posted on YouTube follows irate protagonist 'Wikus' as he raged against window washers on our roads. Since then, many readers have expressed their thoughts on window washers, with the majority believing they "should be banned from our roads".

We've included reader responses as well as the results of our homepage poll later in this article.

WATCH: 'Chill boet it's only a window washer!'

In 2016, News24 reported that a Johannesburg motorist sustained three stab wounds to the head when the driver apparently refused the services of window washers in Bruma. According to the report, the incident occurred in the late morning on Monday (July 4) at the intersection of Marcia street and Albertina Sisulu road. 

Arrive Alive editor Johan Jonck said: "As a general guide, keep in mind that not everyone is considerate, peaceful and respectful to others on our roads. Keep your vehicle locked and your windows closed. Do not allow others to intrude on the the safety of your vehicle and do not exit your vehicle to enter into a confrontation.

"Always keep in mind that you should never provoke someone from inside your vehicle  - not with words, signs, gestures nor harshly staring at someone. Remember that when provoked - 'Conflict can only continue to exist with participation'."

Read our Wheels24 readers responses below the Vote results:

Do not assume safety, adjust your road behaviour

Never assume that the roads will be safe and be ready to adjust your driving behaviour.

This will include:

1 Approach and cross intersections with caution.
2 Do not exit your vehicle to enter into a confrontation.
3 Avoid in-car distractions and keep your focus on traffic and road conditions.
4 Make sure your windows and doors are locked.
5 Don't leave valuable items on your car seats, rather stow them away in the boot. 
6 Stay tuned informed of possible road closures in times of protest action.
7 Don't retaliate by sounding your horn, flashing your lights or gesturing, this will only aggravate the situation.
8 If you are a victim of aggression take the registration number (if possible) as well as location details and report the incident to the police.


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