Be careful near schools, W Cape asks motorists

2014-10-13 20:59

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Johannesburg - The Western Cape education department on Monday called on drivers to be more vigilant on the roads, especially near schools.

The department said in a statement: "A little boy called Inga Mtekwana was struck and killed at a pedestrian crossing at the Nkazimlo Primary School in Makhaza, Khayelitsha on the way to school on 8 August.

"Inga is not alone. Just this year, at least 55 small children have been knocked down and killed on roads in the Western Cape. Most of these children were little boys, just like Inga."

MEC Debbie Schafer visited the Nkazimlo Primary School and took part in a "long short walk" and scholar patrol demonstration conducted by the road safety management team.

The programme was aimed at making the areas around schools safer for children who walk to and from school daily.

"Together with the department of transport and public work's Safely Home campaign, we will continue to highlight the plight of child pedestrians on our roads, particularly in this month of October where child pedestrian safety is the focus for the campaign," said the department.

It called for a change in behaviour and attitude towards road safety so that no one became another statistic on the roads.

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