TWELVE people killed, seven of them Wits University students, in one single motor-vehicle collision, is outrageous.
This is a wake-up call to the authorities that not enough is being done to lessen this evil.
It is a great loss of educated people to our country. Their parents must have put their life savings into educating their children, with the expectation that they would take care of their elderly parents one day, once they had graduated.
Taxpayers also make a substantial contribution to students’ education in our country.
To compound the grief, many are not identifiable due to the severity of the injuries. A very trying time indeed for parents, relatives and friends.
It was heartening to note that the authorities at Wits sent a representative to assist the families.
It is clear that once again we see an absence of proper law enforcement on our roads. The government needs to relook at its road-safety programmes. Our country lacks visible traffic policing on our roads. Much is wasted in skills and costs in incidents of this nature. Stop the carnage on our roads.
This was a black day in South African society. The central government must hold the respective traffic authorities accountable.