Stop these mobile coffins, please

2009-12-12 13:00

YEAR in and year out we cry and mourn. The number of orphans is

increasing. Moloto Road, why you? Is it a matter of coincidence or by ­design?

As my role model Mzwakhe Mbuli says: “We cannot stand aside and

look when people are dying like flies.” And all due to unroadworthy and reckless

driving by Putco ­drivers. Sbu Ndebele, what are you doing about these Putco

buses on Moloto Road? Are you treating them with velvet gloves.

A bus that was carrying 80 passengers from Mpumalanga overturned on

the horrendous and notorious Moloto Road and four people died. Four more were

seriously injured, including a baby who could be brain damaged. This was the

third Putco bus accident last month.

The ink was not yet dry when another Putco bus collided with a

truck on the very same road and 10 people died. May their souls rest in peace.

Putco buses are moving ­coffins.

It is alleged that bus company Putco did not comply with a request

from the Gauteng Department of Community Safety to have all its vehicles tested

for roadworthiness. What is the department going to do?

Drivers should be punished and jailed if they are found to be


Scores of people are going to lose their lives during the festive

season due to reckless driving and the intake of unholy water while behind the


The minister of transport should interfere and double check if

these Putco buses are roadworthy.

It is not only Putco buses: plenty of

buses are not roadworthy. People are still going to travel long distances to

spend the festive season with their families and they should arrive alive, not

at mortuaries.

Tshifhiwa Magadani


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