'Moloto Road inadequate for buses'

By Drum Digital
13 November 2013

Moloto Road, where 29 people were killed and 30 injured when a bus and truck collided in Mpumalanga, was totally inadequate for use by buses, the PAC said

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"It is widely known that this road is totally inadequate for capacity of buses [which] brings slaves from labour reserves of 'KwaNdebele' to serve the masters in the City of Tshwane," Tshwane regional chairperson Sbusiso Xaba said in a statement.

There was negligence in not applying norms and standards on guidelines for human settlement planning and design, with workers having to live 40km from their workplace, he said.

The collision occurred on Monday night along the Moloto road near Kwaggafontein.

"The current  regime has no desire to change apartheid orientation of spatial planning and exploitation relations with labour reserves," said Xaba.

"The PAC demands immediate introduction of [a] passenger rail corridor... that moves from Marble Hall to the City of Tshwane via Bronkhorstpruit."

This would greatly reduce the pressure on the Moloto road, which Xaba said was dangerous.

-SAPA

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