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Motorists must obey the law - MEC

2012-11-18 22:40

Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu on Sunday called on motorists to adhere to rules following the death of six people in the South Coast.

"I appeal to all motorists to respect the rule of law. Let us all work together in saving lives of innocent people on the road," he said.

On Saturday night, a bakkie travelling from Durban to Mthatha veered out of control and overturned on the N2 in Ezinqoleni on the South Coast, killing four people instantly.

The other two died in hospital while seven others were hospitalised with injuries.

"It is unbelievable that we are losing so many people on provincial roads. Many of these accidents are caused by reckless drivers who disregard the rule of law.

"The accidents we are witnessing these days are unacceptable. The tragic death of six people this weekend must be a wake-up call to road users. " said Mchunu.

He said the accident happened as the province was mourning the death of more than 20 people who died last weekend in various accidents, including the R61 accident which killed six people in St Michaels.

Comments
  • charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-18 22:55

    Does this call apply to the blue bafoon-moron gangs as well?

      tw2066 - 2012-11-19 01:23

      Eh he and T t t taxi??

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-18 23:00

    Until we get visible, consistent enforcement on all our major roads, the carnage will continue. So tired of these MECs who trot out trite statements like this and then consider their job done. By now we must all accept that the driving public refuses to change their behaviour so the only answer is to rigorously enforce the road laws, every day of the year

  • shane.asselbergs - 2012-11-18 23:01

    You should start with taxis.

  • penny.stone.589 - 2012-11-18 23:09

    Thirteen people in a bakkie? Surely there must have been kiddies, thirteen adults would surely constitute an overload. RIP and condolences to all the families.

      sylvia.shaw.7 - 2012-11-19 05:42

      As far as I know, bakkies are meant to transport goods, not people. That's why there are no seatbelts in the back part.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-11-18 23:10

    Willie, the majority of us do obey the laws. First off, you need to obey the laws regarding the blue-light, aka you are not allowed to use them because you can't do proper time management. Secondly, start enforcing the law with the damn taxi's.

  • Fernando - 2012-11-18 23:40

    Problem is that the Cops of Jhb are corrupt: i would not give into there ways. They wanted a bride and would not do it; they can arrest me disgrace.....\r\nFinally they let me go (SMIT STR offramp JHB)

      herman.letlalo - 2012-11-19 00:56

      what were u doing with their BRIDE?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-19 02:13

      Hmm, seems the stakes have been raised since I was last in GP. So ready cash is not enough any more, you now have to have a bride too :) Well done on not giving in. Hope you got their badge numbers and reported them. http://www.corruptionwatch.org.za/sites/default/files/KNOWYOURRIGHTSFINAL.pdf

  • marli.eisern - 2012-11-19 02:07

    If politicians would set an example maybe, just maybe a few citizens may follow. Citizens are sick and tired of ruling party politicians doing whatever they like to do without any legal / criminal consequences. The infrastructure and the rule of law has disappeared in South Africa. MEC Health on private helicopter lessons which is state owned and a child is brain dead because the helicopter can not be called upon. Charity begins at home and citizens do not trust the political system. MEC's and cabinet ministers of the ANC should wake up and fix the mess that they made! In fact over the last 10 years things have just changed to the worst and guess who are the drivers of this misery???

  • stewart.laidlaw.5 - 2012-11-19 02:37

    Condition of roads major facter in death toll. Pot holes. And the verges on road not maintained. If one has a burst tyre IE pot hole and leaves road onto verge you will roll car or worse.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-11-19 07:06

      A friend of mine's sister was recently involved in an accident due to a pothole. She lost her daughter. What you describe is exactly what happened.

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-11-19 04:59

    That portion of the N2 South is quite hazardous to drive on. A very steep hill (Wilson's Cutting), animals and people on the road, sugarcane trucks and trucks carrying wooden poles. I'm sure that after the rains there have been many potholes etc. Not a road to speed on, that's for sure, and certainly not with a bakkie full of people.

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-11-19 06:25

    They are following the example being set by their leaders...

  • fatalmovesteam.fatalmovesteam - 2012-11-19 07:00

    The festive season is almost upon us...So the MECs call must be lauded and hopefully drivers will adhere to all road rules. Ill trained drivers, unroadworthy vehicles, poor weather, and greater traffic volumes all lead to an increased risk of road crashes. Will you be another statistic????wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • eugene.ngobeni.7 - 2012-11-19 07:16

    Surely the MEC hasnt heared about taxi drivers

  • Peter - 2012-11-19 07:43

    Taxis Willies Taxis. Go take a look at Witkoppen Rd. the taxis do as they want at all times while Metro cops look on. Last trip from JHB-KZN, I counted numerous taxis with faulty lights, one had none!

  • joe.bat.52 - 2012-11-19 07:58

    Appeal to the MEC...first root out corrupt Metro Police, they need to be visible on our roads, have them enforce the rule of law..until that happens no one cares!!

  • rob.vine.9 - 2012-11-19 08:04

    I call for all the police to obey the law speed trapping in a 120km zone and fine a person for doing 94km an hour even at the average speed set up it is inpossible to get a fine for this speed limit. and then all od\f the speed traps in the middle of the freeway system in Johanesburg where the police officer carries all his equipment and dodges between the cars to set up, are these legal sites and what will happen if a police officer is hit by a car who will be at fault

  • IcemanGP - 2012-11-19 08:45

    What fkking law? All lazy assed metro does is hide behind bushes and walls and under camo nets with speed trapping. Then post the fine months later to the said offender who is tricked again to pay the guilty fine under a discount bargain. Metro themselves do not even know the rule of law.

  • annerie.m.coetzee - 2012-11-19 08:47

    Oh my Word!!!!!!!! Look Who's Talking!!!

  • djmarcosa - 2012-11-19 09:31

    people will not obey the LAW cause they get away with it.. just this morning +- 40 cars driving on the yellow lane. and then cutting other cars off driving over the solid white line.. there is no respect for other on the road.. government are chasing after the wrong things on our roads and don't concentrate on the proper law breakers..

  • roy.abbott.963 - 2012-11-19 09:59

    Motorists must obey the law, but those maggot that kill and hi jack don't have to obey law and order.... what a ass hole?

  • karel.dutoit.50 - 2012-11-19 10:26

    or what?

  • anton.coetzee.37 - 2012-11-19 16:58

    reckless driving? how about unroadworthy vehicles? driving with a bought licence? AND HOW ABOUT TELLING HIS SAD STORY TO THE TAXI DRIVERS?

  • Kasper Mbayi - 2013-03-03 08:32

    I agree with MEC when he said motorists must obey road's law. But not only the motorists the traffic officers as well must obey laws. Because the most accidents in KZN caused by the traffic officers the way they misuse their powers controlling traffic. Including you MEC you ignore motorists queries when we email you concerning the problems we facing on the road doing by the trafficers. I emailed to MEC but ignored my email. He didn't even want know what I was talking about. If he want to know further about me. My email is kasper.mbayi@gmail.com Thank you

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