School transport 'turf war' slammed

2011-08-30 13:18

Cape Town - MPs have demanded that two government departments resolve a "turf war" over who is responsible for taking children to school.

"What is being talked about is a turf war between the department of transport and the department of basic education, where the two are in a tug of war trying to keep this function," Democratic Alliance MP Manuel de Freitas said during a meeting of Parliament's transport committee on Tuesday.

"This is of grave concern, because as our children are getting to and back from schools, in many cases in absolutely dangerous conditions as was demonstrated last week near Knysna... we have officials trying to protect turfs."

He was referring to the 14 children and their driver killed when their bus plunged off a low bridge into the swollen Kassat se Drift River near Knysna last Wednesday.

"This is an unacceptable situation," De Freitas said.

"The department of basic education is looking after our children from an education perspective. The transport department should ensure they are transported there safely and effectively. It is untenable. It has to be resolved very soon."

The committee's acting chair Mduduzi Manana said they wanted the two departments to resolve the matter "as soon as possible".

  • daaivark - 2011-08-30 13:27

    One wonders why officials are so eager to retain control. Could it be that there is money to be made in allotting work to specific carriers?

      McDaNife - 2011-08-30 13:40

      That is true how else can one explain the turf war.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-30 14:24

      ...a few kids dying here & there doesn't matter...Bloody bastards !!!

      Snoopy88 - 2011-09-14 14:44

      So which department was in charge when this happened? I suspect it was the transport department and the fact that they are unable to deal with corruption and ensure that roadworthy buses and law-abiding drivers transport school children, means that school transport should be taken away from them. How many more must die before they someone, anyone gets their act together?

  • Fedup - 2011-08-30 13:44

    Who cares which department is to provide transport sort this sh1t out and provide schools with proper working buses for goodness sake and get the kids out of the taxi

      daaivark - 2011-08-30 13:47

      The officials getting the nice kickbacks obviously care a lot.

      Virginia - 2011-08-30 14:04

      The taxi's and the buses in this country are death traps, they have prooved this over and again. Majority of our drivers do not have the education to drive these vehicles. Mothers do not allow your children to be stransported in these vehicles, you you wish them to have a future stand up and make your voices heard you are paying the fees.

  • Virginia - 2011-08-30 14:01

    No Argument the department who has the safest and best record for transportation. This agin is all about who gets money. When it comes to people lives the best man should win no matter who or what culture this person may be. I really think that the parents of school should vote for who should trasnport their children from now on.

  • Enigma - 2011-08-30 14:13

    This whole thing is just a facade because the MP's kids are transported safely by special hired drivers in luxurious vehicles to the private schools. The dept of education and edpt of transport should come together with a solution. Firstly the traffic dept needs to take a close look at these school transports to check if they're road worthy and that they carry the allocated amount of passengers.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-30 19:47

    Problem is: The appointees controlling the departments are Party dedicated, not function dedicated. What has education to do with party politics? What has transport to do with party politics? So many functions could be run much more efficiently if they were headed by people seeking excellence within their discipline instead of being in it for the money-towing the party line and seeking self enrichment and glorification. The only hope South Africa has in going forward as a Nation, is to depoliticize as many government functions as possible. Let the focus fall on Management, rather than Party "power". Politicians are in essence parasitic. No good can come of a highly politicized society like ours.

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