MEC blames attitude for Mpumalanga road deaths

2015-12-21 17:48
(Picture: Rescue Care)

(Picture: Rescue Care)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Nelspruit - Fifty-three people have died and 232 have been seriously injured on Mpumalanga's roads since December 1.

So far this month there had been 350 accidents, caused mainly by speeding, drunk driving, unroadworthy vehicles, and the bad attitude of some drivers, Mpumalanga's Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe said on Monday.

"People lose their lives due to negligence and ruthlessness displayed by some drivers."

He welcomed the arrests of 57 motorists for various traffic violations. Fifty of them were allegedly driving under the influence.

One of the offenders was caught driving at 191km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N3 between Heidelberg and the Wilge toll plaza. He was released on R1 500 bail.

Shongwe called for harsher sentences for road hogs and appealed to motorists to be patient.

According to preliminary reports, the highest number of deaths, 20, in the province took place in the Ehlanzeni region. Nineteen people were killed in the Nkangala region and 14 in Gert Sibande. 

Read more on:    mbombela  |  accidents

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.