MEC's death a stark reminder of road carnage

2013-07-21 11:35
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Johannesburg - The investigations into the car accident that killed Gauteng Economic Development MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile should be sped up, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Saturday.

"The tragic passing of MEC Kolisile and his protectors is a monumental loss not only to the people of the province of Gauteng but the nation as a whole," she said in a statement.

"We were still expecting the MEC to continue to make positive contributions to the ANC led government's efforts to create a better society."

The Road Traffic Management Corporation dispatched a team of crash and incident reconstruction and investigation experts to determine the cause of the accident, she said.

A culpable homicide case had been opened.

"The death of MEC Kolisile and his protectors is yet another stark reminder of the challenges we continue to face on our roads," said Peters.

"We repeat our call on all South Africans to come together and join hands to stop this carnage. One death on our roads is one too many, but if we work together we can save millions of lives."

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) sent their condolences to Kolisile's family.

"His passing is a great loss to the province as he was starting to make progress with taking the department of economic development forward," ACDP Gauteng leader Lydia Meshoe said.

"The ACDP always appreciated his willingness to engage with opposition parties in the interests of benefiting the people of the province. We are praying for the MEC’s family and friends at this tragic time."

Earlier, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane said Kolisile served with zeal and vigour.

Kolisile was killed in a head-on collision with a truck in the early hours of Saturday morning on his way to a funeral in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

"We were told the MEC's vehicle was making way for an ambulance, when they went into on-coming traffic and collided with a truck," Mokonyane said.

Kolisile and his bodyguards Sergeant Tebogo Motsei and Constable Tshepo Jobo, died on the scene. Mokonyane said their families had been informed.

A delegation from the Gauteng executive council paid a visit to Kolisile's wife.

Kolisile took office in July 2012 and previously served on the national steering committee which re-launched the Young Communist League in 2003.

He would be given a provincial official funeral.

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