MEC welcomes plan for mass taxi trial picket

2011-11-14 00:00

PLANS by members of the Thokozani community of uMshwathi to conduct a picket to oppose the granting the of bail to taxi driver Khululeka Gwala (23), charged with the murders of 15 passengers at Copesville on September 30, are supported by the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu.

Mchunu said in a statement yesterday that the picket is in line with his department’s theme for this year which is “activism against road carnage and transgressions”.

“We welcome and support this initiative by the Thokozani community … It is now clear that our communities are fed up with these senseless killings on the road. This bold step by the Thokozani community is an indication that our communities are taking road safety as a priority. This partnership will also advance our newly launch Operation Vali’ ngozi, where we seek to revive morals of people to speak to their consciences and stop killing people on our roads,” said Mchunu.

The picket is expected to coincide with Gwala’s next court appearance tomorrow, when Pietermaritzburg magistrate, Linda Lewis is expected to give a ruling in the bail application.

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