According to official statistics, there were 4 678 pedestrian fatalities in South Africa in 2009. That’s a lot of longpig tartare. In fact, it’s more people than ALL of Jacob Zuma’s wives and kids combined! And yet it fails to discourage urban strollers from doing their utmost to become one with the asphalt. Friendly word of warning, folks: my brakes need a service.
I’ve developed several theories about why so many South Africans prefer to amble down the middle of the road instead of using the walkways that were specifically put there for their exclusive use:
- They suffer from erienerphobia – the morbid fear of sidewalks
- They’re die-hard fatalists who feel that their mortality is in the hands of the Universe
- They’re idiots