VIP drivers 'must obey rules'

2010-05-25 14:09

kalahari.com

Pretoria - Provincial MECs must instruct their drivers to obey the rules of the road, the DA said on Tuesday.

This comes after a luxury German vehicle transporting Mpumalanga roads and transport MEC Clifford Mukanzi struck and killed a pedestrian on a highway near Malelane on Friday.

"Over the past years several accidents have been caused by the drivers of politicians and one begs the question: when will they learn?" asked DA Mpumalanga leader Anthony Benadie.

"Surely, the MEC for roads and transport should know better than to be a passive passenger in a speeding vehicle," he said.

Personal responsibility

Benadie said MECs should take personal responsibility for themselves, their drivers and other road users, by instructing their drivers to obey the rules of the road.

Mukanzi’s official car was being driven by VIP security personnel on the N4 when it struck the pedestrian walking across the highway.

At the time, Mukanzi was on his way back from a planning meeting in Nelspruit attended by President Jacob Zuma.

Benadie charged that it was inexcusable that accidents continued to be caused by politicians who were apparently always "running late".

"These politicians - filled with a sense of self importance - should be charged along with the drivers who cause the accidents," he said.

"They are endangering the lives of innocent people."

Expressing his sadness at the accident on Friday, Benadie said it was year since the DA urged that the drivers of government official be trained or changed.

It had made this appeal after former Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla's driver was involved in an accident in Nelspruit.

- SAPA
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