When a pilot gets into the cockpit to fly, he is takes charge and he takes responsibility. (The He here, being gender negative.) Similarly does a ship’s captain, a train driver and a truck driver, car driver, a motorbike driver, whether they carry goods or passengers, does not matter.
They all have some maintenance and repair support to ensure the particular means of transport is in good shape, and they all have good training to operate said vehicles. They are also dependent on supporting systems such as control towers, radios, warning signals and signs, safe passage control etc. Even then they cannot absolve total responsibility, as they are in charge.
So when one or other of the elements/systems break down, malfunction or misjudge, the results are spectacular. And these are sometimes costly; often resulting in loss of life, harm and damage. A guilty party must then be identified and then punished. And rightly so, such as would hopefully happen in the Pinetown truck crash saga.
(As an aside -It is interesting that several N24 writers are focussing on the age of the driver. Would a misjudgement of someone twice as old have made the Pinetown incident more palatable? Is age considered an excuse for killing people?)
However, could the most basic questions to be determined, not be reduced to:
How much training, competence, qualifications and ability were in place and properly executed by ALL parties?
How much can this episode’s plot be experienced on a daily basis, in other spheres of society and commerce, and how often does this negatively affect all citizens?
The results may vary from poor service in the cafe, to a mistake on your banking statement, to a child dying in hospital, to polluted water, poor schooling, shoddily built houses, poor border control, bad service at the garage, failed traffic lights, poor policing, handing out wrong or not enough medication at a clinic, illegal driver licenses, miscalculated budgets and expenses and any other daily frustration.
How much must we attribute a Pinetown to the government’s stated opinion that all one must do is appoint a person in a job and then “they will grow into it.” How much to ideology? How much to unrealistic rhetoric? To politics?
What must the ultimate price be?.......
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