Now that the cringing brought by the spelling errors in my previous writing has subsided, another compelling issue to write about has come up again.
The 23 fallen from the Pinetown accident and the unusual suspect to this horror.
As the Pinetown horror crash court case continues and as we discover more details about the build up to the accident and as we are also presented with more information through the media to do our own assessments of the situation and perhaps to also getting a much more illuminated perspective on the matters of “justice” as well as the layers or echelons of justice in the governing systems of our South African life.
My gripe as I ponder on this is the below. (Pause) I want to table it in bullet point to avoid my deluded state of mind from wanting to elaborate on each and every point and losing the potency of explaining the state of my disappointment.
1.To the minister of Transport and perhaps of Economic development - Are we not carrying too much cargo on our roads year on year, (As we pursue more economic activity), over and above this also increasing the number of private cars on the roads?
2.Are we, as normal citizens by any chance not going to be subjected to abuses similar to the abuses done on us by Eskom’s and other stakeholders to blame in the national power crisis, only this time where we may continue to pay with our lives on our national roads because the underinvestment in alternative transport modes, and overburdened roads?
3.What is the status of our alternative transport modes, Rail infrastructure to move cargo away from the roads? Who is responsible for this “perceived” crises? ( Do we continue use the “A”word since billions are being lost by this government?)
4.In the next 3 months and worst in December and January, more South Africans will lose their lives in the roads and may of these wont make headline news for you to know about them. These will just be that statistic shown in December and January about festive deaths on our roads.
5.And all we hear about in terms of efforts to curb these are these; reduction of speed limits, drivers having enough rest and increasing visibility on the roads. While this is perhaps the only reasonable measure to the challenge at had, its sad that for the past 28 years since I have been alive it’s the only solution that has continually been proposed to reduce road deaths, and no other meaningful action is being taken to protect the most valuable South African asset – Its People!
6.I am told that South African knew over 20 years ago that our investment in power infrastructure was soon going to catch up with us, in such instances, who is responsible for the newborn babies that dies in hospitals because of no power, the raped women in townships because the streets were not lit, the list is endless..? Who is the culprit, while some of our South Africans “baphathi” are gaining weight?
7.What’s the quantifiable blame that is justifiable and can be placed directly to the ministry of transport because of the overcrowding traffic conditions on our roads and excessive cargo moving on our roads? What is the condition of our rail infrastructure? What/Where is the plan to migrate some of the passenger and cargo load on our roads to the rail and other alternative transport solutions? How long will we continue paying with our lives until something is done with our infrastructure?
My philosophical analysis of this situation is similar to that of Ayanda Mabulu’s painting, but perhaps not just in the mines alone, and no to the president as per the picture, but to the ones with power to change our situation (political power for new policies and new state investment strategies, the voters, you and me) , and to the greater citizenry of South Africa who don’t have blue light cars, and who die like ants everyday, a majority of whom in their millions do not even have internet access to read this.
So, what is the contribution by the Debarment of Transport to the carnage on our roads ushered by the aloof strategies?
Perhaps a Public Private Participation programme on our transport infrastructure investment? No foreign companies ripping the rewards of our labour like Etollgate, An investment for the people, by the people!
How long do we let ourselves being led and governed with policies and strategies with such short foresight? (All else said, everything is at a point in time, what pisses (I really mean upsets me) me off the most is all these reported state funds that are plundered which can be used to resolve some of our challenges,,, as we die like flies – God help us!)
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