Transport dept vows to clamp down on reckless bikers

2011-11-08 00:00

THE KZN Transport Department has promised to come down harder on reckless motorcyclists after the horrific death of a traffic officer at the weekend.

Principal provincial inspector Asherina Ramklown was killed by speeding motorcyclist Sagen Govender, who also died, when she tried to stop him after he was clocked speeding on the N3.

Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said motorcyclists must realise they are not exempt from the rules of the road.

Ncalane repeated his explanation of a puncture wound in Govender’s chest, which has led to allegations that he was shot.

“The post mortem has revealed that the man died from a sharp object that stabbed him in the chest.

“The people who arrived at the scene saw the gun and the magazine, which belonged to the officer, lying on the ground and assumed the man had been shot.”

In a statement Lana Diedericks, publicity officer for the Midlands Biker Federation, said the accident was an extremely unfortunate event.

“We are very saddened that it happened in our area, as we pride ourselves on the fact that we have always maintained a good relationship with the RTI and other law enforcement agencies in and around the Midlands.

“We would not like this incident to affect the relationship that we have all worked very hard to build.”

Diedericks said the federation appeals to its members at every meeting to adhere to the rules of the road at all times.

“We are not, however, responsible for any other motorcyclists who use the roads.”

Diedericks called on Durban federations to ask their members to stick to the rules of the road.

A close friend of Govender, who declined to be named, said yesterday they still do not know how the accident happened as the police are still investigating.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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