MEC concerned about pedestrian deaths

2012-04-07 20:33

Mahikeng - North West Public Safety MEC Desbo Mohono on Saturday expressed concern over the number of pedestrians killed since the beginning of the Easter weekend.

"Thus far six people lost their lives on the road of the North West, and four of were pedestrians," departmental spokesperson Simon Lesolang Mmope said in a statement.

He said according to police speeding and reckless driving are the main courses of the accidents.

"Three of the accidents where pedestrians were killed, were hit and runs, while the other one police allege that the driver was under the influence of alcohol."

He said all four drivers were in police custody and charged with culpable homicide.

Mohono said she was worried about the increasing number of pedestrians killed on the road.

"We must focus further and intensify road safety education, focusing on pedestrians. We cannot win our war of saving lives of drivers and passengers on our main road, and continue to loss pedestrians," said Mohono.

She appealed to pedestrians to be extra cautious when travelling on or crossing the roads.

"Wear bright clothes and make sure that you are visible all the time. Also don't drink and walk on our roads because you may become a victim," Mohono said.

  • Arthur - 2012-04-07 21:51

    I certainly don't want to come across as some racist pig here, but I will be blunt. Easter, Christmas, Ramadan and so on has no affect on the statistics compared to ANY other public holiday or long weekend. In fact I'm pretty sure if her majesty bothered to look at the normal statistics she's find the discrepancy between normal working days toward the end of the week (a normal weekend) and a public holiday are not too far off. A spike in your statistics, yes, but still a loss of life - not always due to some festive season. There is an African tendency to believe that they are invincible when it comes to crossing a road, or avoiding a pavement specially designed for pedestrians. Pede'strains' like taxi's in Africa have no regard for rules, even those meant to protect them - worse yet, taxi's quite literally get away with murder every day in both the physical and financial sense. In fact I'd like to see the statistics on how many pedestrians were flattened by taxis compared to normal citizens (both black and white or whatever). Frankly, there have been times where I think maybe a bit of jail time would be worth dricing over that arrogant pr**k who pulled a zap at me while jay-walking. I just have to keep reminding myself - this is Africa. So I make a point of walking up to the shop, and any black guy in a fancy car I see... fill in the rest ;-)

      Victor - 2012-04-08 08:10

      Point of correction south african tendency to believe they invincible whilst they cross the roads.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-07 22:57

    "He said according to police speeding and reckless driving are the main courses of the accidents" Wine and Tequila are the hoarse do verse. Hospitalality and more tuary are the pudding.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-07 22:59

    I was on my way home from work on friday night on the N1 between Centurion and Pretoria east... This frikken clown crab stepped across the highway in a fast move. I and myself and other drivers were hitting brakes big time. WTF. I stopped my car on the freeway too see if I could help this lost soul. Not to say, he was gone. Then you ask your self?? If you had hit this guy. How would you feel for the rest of your life.

  • Jessica - 2012-04-08 00:51

    Boring - just another black racist who can't stand the fact that us "Whities" still exist because he hates whites only.

      Jayson - 2012-04-08 01:24

      What are you talking about Jessica??????

  • Eric - 2012-04-08 04:00

    Should the MEC not rather inform pedestrians to walk on the pavement rather than in the road? I am sure that would eliminate pedestrian deaths. In Johannesburg, more people walk in the street than on the pavement and I have always wondered what is the cause of this strange self destructive behaviour. Does anybody know why so many people behave in this peculiar way?

      Ishmael - 2012-04-08 09:03

      @ Eric. The reason for this behaviour is due to lack of law and order enforcement by the police..anyway they lack that too. Sideways meant for pedestrians are always blocked by illegal traders who also leave trash all over the place. So in short, this whole problem comes back to poor governance. Appointing of the wrong people in the wrong positions for the wrong reasons.

      HendrikAfrika - 2012-04-16 12:51

      The pavements are used by restaurants etc and you get used to walking on the side of the road. In suburbs the pavements are used to extend gardens even where there are high walls the owner would still have a garden, a rockery or ground cover covering the whole sidewalk. They deffinitely create the feeling that they do not want pedestrians in their area and this results in people walking on the side of the road (blacks and whites). Start by arresting these idiots who use the sidewalks as their own property and that may improve statistics. Go to Mojo's (Midrand area)on a weekend night, winter time, and you would find the sidewalk covered by tables and congas whith burning fires to provide heat to their clintele, never mind the parked cars just a metre away from these fires - YOU try and walk through that.

  • Ishmael - 2012-04-08 09:42

    MEC! If ur concerned about this problem, then what ar u doing to resolve it? We don't even ask u 2 think of a solution coz u can't. All u can do is cut and paste what is working on the other efficiently run states. All this problems have solutions, it is called maintaining law and order. Of which non of u guys are capable of doing..not even our police who u also find crossing the freeway to put cameras. If u put incompetent cadres in higher positions..what do u expect to get in return? Most police officers we have today don't even know their job description..just like their leaders..welcome 2 Africa!

  • Rob - 2012-04-08 13:52

    Frankly I`m more concerned about the number of farmers killed in April so far.

  • Jessica - 2012-04-08 14:01

    The reality is that the farmers supply the country with all the maze meal and vegetables etc. But the way they are being killed means that soon there will be none left to supply all the vegetables etc and then "just like Zim" black people will ask "why, why no food, eish we are starving now why?? it's because of the white man, or because of apartheid" Like they blame everything on "the white man and apartheid" and they want everything for free and if they cant have it for free, oh then it's the white man's fault, its because the white man is "racist". Yet they killed the suppliers of the grain etc, the farmers doing good with their land...

  • Jessica - 2012-04-08 15:15

    For those who still try and deny the fact that this was ever published in London Times about the racial affirmative action scam of the government - Read that

  • thabo.rangaka1 - 2012-04-14 19:19

    "She appealed to pedestrians to be extra cautious when travelling on or crossing the roads." The department of Transport and Roads must link up with the Automobile Association - a Community Based Organisation - to identify Dangerous Road situations such as Narrow bridges where Cyclists, Horse and Donkey riders and Pedestrians are forced off the road by Motor Vehicles, pavement and sidewalks where home-owners have built a garden and enclosed it right up to the edge of the road, forcing Prams, bicycles and yes donkeys, horses and pedestrians to walk in the way of the Motor Vehicles. BATHO PELE -people first on the roads - NOT Motor Vehicles! Oh, the MISTAKES in the Queen's Language in the Mahikeng article will make Comrade Robert Mugabe turn in his grave! "and continue to loss pedestrians" - " reckless driving are the main courses ": Come on, do not lower the English Language Standard!

  • d4zza - 2012-04-15 12:47

    How about the pedestrians STOP crossing highways. If you looked deeper into the stats, you would find most of those deaths are due to ILLEGAL crossings.

  • Abdul - 2012-04-16 09:13

    Every accident can be avoided....Driver behaviour and attitude must changed. Take a look at the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • HendrikAfrika - 2012-04-16 12:34

    Pedestrians and joggers are forced to walk/run on the side of the road due to the "gardens" one finds on many sidewalks in subburbs.

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