Travel safely over Easter, Zuma urges

2012-04-05 11:31

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday urged South Africans to reduce road accidents this Easter.

"It all depends on each and every road user," Zuma said.

"We strongly appeal to all road users to be pleasant, patient, considerate and extra-vigilant in their journeys."

He wished all South Africans a "safe and refreshing" Easter break.

"I wish all South Africans a truly peaceful and blessed Easter. Let us return to our various work places safe and reinvigorated to continue building our country, the economy and its people," he said.

- What are you going to do to drive safely this Easter? Send us your story.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-05 11:35

    Thanx JZ!!!

      Jono - 2012-04-05 11:39

      Thanks JZ and i havent had a chance to thank you yet, but thanks for getting rid of your old friend JM!!!

      Marion - 2012-04-05 13:42

      Want to wish all my fellow News24 posters a great long weekend. Remember that for an accident to happen it takes two drivers who are not as vigilant as they should be. Stay safe everyone.

      gillian.sabino1 - 2012-04-06 12:06

      No thanks to you, there are 1 million false drivers licenses in SA. The Highways belong to the People. Down Tolls Down! Out Tolls Out!

      Keith - 2012-04-06 14:06

      Thanks, Mr Zuma, can I borrow your Blue Lights? And an apology to Zaatheist, I didn't see your comment.

      Adam - 2012-04-07 06:56

      Marion, now imagine the one driver is unlicensed, in a car that is not roadworthy, and the other is overtaking an overloaded taxi, and trying to avoid a few pot holes, and just for fun lets add a drunk pedestrian......

  • Frank - 2012-04-05 11:39


      Azande - 2012-04-05 12:40

      Frank Frank cumon, give the man a break for once.

  • David - 2012-04-05 11:40

    We will do our bit. But please keep your blue light convoys off the roads. That will make it a lot safer for everybody.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-05 11:44

      Took words out of my mouth!

      Marion - 2012-04-05 11:58

      Was happy to see the message but my instinctive reaction was 'hope this applies to blue light convoys too'.

      Azande - 2012-04-05 12:40

      Thats's a nice one.

      Nina - 2012-04-05 15:44

      lol, great point

  • rbphiri - 2012-04-05 11:44

    Thanks JZ, I will take a good shower before i head on the road. Perhaps the Easter bunny needs to give the ANC's NDC some "eggs"...because they certainly don't have "balls" to fire Malema.

      philani.goba - 2012-04-05 13:02

      you're such a chop!!

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-04-05 11:46

    thanx jz, will try avoid all the potholes

      rbphiri - 2012-04-05 11:51

      Daar is een gat, that no one can avoid..and thats JM

      Azande - 2012-04-05 12:42

      You made me laugh there.

      Nina - 2012-04-05 15:45 guys are funny!

  • hoyingomane - 2012-04-05 11:54

    @news24 lol ANC good news,DA trouble in paradise.

  • Henry - 2012-04-05 12:05

    I fully agree with our Honourable state president. I wish dat no one should even think of driving after having drank (even a glass of wine) for example', I know that, ngizobushaya starting this evening (I'll keep in doors) when drunk, I'll simply go

  • Gerry - 2012-04-05 12:06

    Political points from Prince Charming . You actually think we buy the continue "building our country, the economy and its people" spin. All propaganda. Rather say that you want people back at work so you can collect, waste or steal more taxes to finance your corrupt regime and your x7 wives. LOL

  • Derk - 2012-04-05 12:15

    Thanks Jacobus Zuma now where is my Easter Egg?

      zaatheist - 2012-04-05 12:24


  • zaatheist - 2012-04-05 12:23

    .......... and get out of the way of my blue light convoy.

  • jbrandct - 2012-04-05 12:24

    "We strongly appeal to all road users to be pleasant, patient, considerate and extra-vigilant in their journeys." Wishful thinking. I am going to use the West Coast Road (R27) sometime thie easter weekend and as usual, I drive 120 km/h. I already dread the 100 or so people in the 100km distance who are going to race up to me from behind at speeds much faster that myself, impatiently sitting on my tail or expecting me to go into the yellow lane which is still illegal as far as I know.

  • neo.mokami - 2012-04-05 12:24

    Thanks mr. President, thats if we can fill up our tanks and make it past the first toll gate.

      Azande - 2012-04-05 12:43

      Good one.

      Nina - 2012-04-05 15:46


  • Gerry - 2012-04-05 12:32

    I am so mad about JZ's trite "blessing" regarding the Easter weekend. In the light of thousands of the un-roadworthy vehicles on the road, incompetent unlicensed drivers, corrupt traffic officials, murderous blue light gangster convoys, crumbling road infrastructure, pothole paradise impending toll road extortion etc etc. the best he can come up with is this platitude? Very corny and verrrrry third world.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-05 12:46

    "pleasant, patient, considerate and extra-vigilant" Mxm like wena Mr President you were "pleasant and considerate" when you forced yourself on the HIV positive women and gave her taxi money afterwards. Like you were "patient and extra-vigilant" when you bonked your friend's daughter and bore him an ugly square head baby while you are married with four wives. Moenie twaak praat drie kop!!!

  • Dennis - 2012-04-05 12:47

    Like this urge is gonna have any effect on the statistics. I wonder what statistics we will use when the weekend is over

  • Henry - 2012-04-05 12:55

    Thanks Mr Zuma, but unfortunately the astronomical cost of petrol will keep me from taking to the roads this Easter..

      Azande - 2012-04-05 12:59

      Eish, couldnt afford four full tanks for my journey from JHB to PE and back. Hope, hope next year will be better.

      Keith - 2012-04-06 14:08

      No, it'll be much more expensive, and more and more tolls.

  • nomkhosi.cosment - 2012-04-05 13:00

    Thank you mr president, and thank u 4 removing dat retard JM

      molokor2 - 2012-04-06 09:21

      U said thanx for what, dictatorship?

  • Mark - 2012-04-05 13:01

    Showers of curses

  • Judith - 2012-04-05 13:01

    Are the bluelight conveys going to do the same? What about a good Pesach wish and a few others for other belief systems? Not that it worries me as I'm an atheist and not travelling anywhere, instead enjoying the peace that descends when everyone else behaves like demented lemmings

  • Gavin - 2012-04-05 14:09

    Stay Alive - stay at home.

  • Lunga Inga Yekani - 2012-04-05 15:08

    Tnx Mr JZ lets hope our family's will be safety

  • Gavin - 2012-04-05 17:36

    JZ needs to see how the taxis drive and that they only drive like that because we have no policing. Our Metro Police are Speed Cops NOTHING MORE. I have yet to see one of them pull over an unraodworthy vehicle, a vehicle that creeps or goes through a red robot or drives dangerously. In fact I would love to know the number of speeding fines issued vs the other offences

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