Do more to prevent road carnage - KZN opposition

2015-08-19 11:39
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Durban - Opposition parties in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday called on Transport MEC Willies Mchunu to do more to prevent road carnage in the province, following a minibus taxi crash on the N2 highway on Monday in which 16 people died.

IFP MPL Blessed Gwala said: “We need to reinforce road safety lessons in the basic school curriculum to equip children with knowledge of road safety at a tender age.

"Road deaths are an on-going tragedy that must be addressed. We must take strong action to deal with the growing epidemic of road deaths countrywide.”

Gwala said punishing perpetrators was not enough.

“As long as people can get away with killing innocent people on our roads, the killing will continue,” said Gwala. 

The DA wants a detailed report from Mchunu outlining what his department is doing to curb the carnage.

DA MPL Rafeek Shah said, “The lack of effective law enforcement, particularly around roadworthy certificates being issued to faulty vehicles and unfit drivers being given their licences, is key to this problem and we call on the MEC to focus on the matter.”

Shah said Mchunu needed to engage with the minibus taxi industry to improve passenger safety.

ANC Deputy Provincial Secretary Nomusa Dube-Ncube urged drivers to be careful and obey the rules of the road.

“The ANC believes that if those drivers who disregard the rules can change their behaviour, a lot of lives can be saved on our roads,” said Dube-Ncube.

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