Road deaths are avoidable

2017-08-31 06:01

Recently, we were woken to the news that in Barcelona, Spain, 13 lives have been lost and this was regarded as a tragedy.

But in South Africa, when about 19 people die in an accident involving a taxi, it is regarded as nothing much.

All we say is that whoever is involved, must face the full might of the law.

I think parliament should also do its oversight work and set up a commission of inquiry into these deaths.

Losing so many lives should be seen a s tragedy since we are not in a war zone.

The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) is saddened by the wanton loss of so many innocent lives.

We send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them in these harsh times.

For the injured victims, we wish a speedy recovery.

Before we point any fingers, we wish to bring to the general public’s attention that the deaths- which we view as a massacre- were avoidable.

However, the Department of Transport is to blame for this carnage.

It has failed to regulate the public transport system, which is responsible for transporting millions of South Africans every day.

The lack of maintenance of the public transport is not only visible on our roads but railways experience the same dilemmas where lives are risked everyday while relevant authorities ignore all.

The government should take responsibility for the 19 lives lost, including all the lives we lose on our roads everyday. For the government to honour the victims, strict policies should be enacted to ensure compliance for public transport to be maintained and serviced at all times.

Kenneth Mokgatlhe PAC Spokesperson

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