Where are the SA road death figures?

2016-01-13 06:00
PHOTO: sourced RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said a consolidated report of all crashes and fatalities would be released at the end of the festive season this month.

PHOTO: sourced RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said a consolidated report of all crashes and fatalities would be released at the end of the festive season this month.

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IN January 2015, Wheels24 reported that the Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) questioned the lack road death statistics by the Road Traffic Management Corporation and the Department of Transport.

JPSA claims both organisations stopped “reporting the ongoing death toll” on SA’s roads.

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane has hit back claiming that the JPSA is misleading the public.

Zwane said a consolidated report of all crashes and fatalities would be released at the end of the festive season this month.

“It is critical that South Africans are provided with accurate and verified information about the state of safety on the roads because roads are a shared space and users are important stakeholders.”

JPSA chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, says the last time figures for the 2015/16 holiday season were released was 20 December, 2015.

The JPSA issued the following statement: “Justice Project South Africa has noted the serious allegations made by Simon Zwane of the RTMC to the effect that ‘Justice Project SA is trying to mislead the public’, apparently made in retaliation to our criticism that the Department of Transport and the RTMC have withheld regular updates on 2015/16 festive season death toll as well as failed to issue a single comprehensive ‘Road Traffic Report’ since 2011.

“JPSA has today written to the RTMC demanding that it furnishes proof that our assertions are or were untrue and that it justifies its serious allegation since it is our standpoint that there was nothing misleading about either of the statements we made. We further place on record that despite making these serious allegations in the media, neither Zwane nor the RTMC have made any contact with us to point out where we may have ‘erred’.”

- Wheels24.

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