Kaunda warns reckless motorists this Easter

2019-04-24 06:00
PHOTO: fileKwaZulu-Natal MEC of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda.

PHOTO: fileKwaZulu-Natal MEC of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda.

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KWAZULU-NATAL MEC For Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda has warned motorists against breaking the rules of the road this Easter Weekend.

Kaunda was speaking at a media briefing held at the department’s office in Bank Street last Friday.

He said the department has developed plans to close all taxi ranks for inspection of vehicles before they embark in their routes.

He said they will be focusing on speeding, drunk driving and unroadworthy vehicles, especially those that will be transporting church members to different services across the province.

“There will be no cars on the road that will not be stopped and checked by the traffic officers.

“Our plan is very clear. We will be also visiting some depot just to conduct inspections on the vehicles that will be transporting our community to church services.

“With these plans we are going to make sure that those who are transgressors will be dealt with and they will be brought to book. We are fully confident that our plans will be saving lives because that is our main and primary objective — to save lives on the road,” he said.

The MEC said they will close all the spots and no one should drive recklessly in this province.

He said they need to tighten the law because that’s the only way in which they can help save people’s lives.

“Now that we already have plans, it is time to go out there and implement them. We want to make sure that no one breaks the rules of the road and goes back home and relaxes.

“If you break the rules you must go to a holding cell and we will make sure of that. What makes us more happy is that the national minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, recently launched the new breathalyser and that is going to help us a lot because it will make our job a lot easier,” Kaunda said.

He said the traffic officers will be visible for 24 hours on the roads to make sure that no one breaks the law even at all times.

“Criminals know that the traffic officer are visible until 10 pm and that is when they start breaking the rules.

“This time that is not going to work because we will have traffic officers 24/7,” emphasised the MEC.

“Reports show that 26% of accidents happen between 10 pm and 6 am, we are going to stop that now. No car will travel more than two kilometres without seeing or being stopped by a traffic officer.”


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