Free State transport MEC 'shocked' after more than 100 die on province's roads

2018-12-25 13:27
Montseng Tsiu. (Supplied)

Montseng Tsiu. (Supplied)

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The Free State MEC for Health, Montseng Tsiu, expressed shock during her interview with SABC at the rapidly increasing number of fatal road crashes in the province.

"We have put EMS personnel in all five major national roads that crisscross the province, namely N1, N3, N5, N6 and N8. Our personnel are well-positioned to respond to all types of emergencies, day and night, including provincial and local incidents," she said.

Tsiu pointed out that her department cannot prevent death as this is "totally out of our direct control and entirely in the hands of the drivers and other road users".

"We ask for people to take responsibility and prevent road fatalities. Our teams rapidly respond and are able to save lives in other instances, but where there are trucks and taxis in head-on collisions, survivors are few. It is too much to have the whole nine people dying in a single accident. One death is one too many," said Tsiu.

"We send our condolences to the bereaved families and wish [a] speedy recovery to the injured. Please arrive alive," she asserted.

She also took time to thank the EMS personnel for their dedicated service as well as trauma and casualty personnel in Free State health facilities for their responsiveness to all people that need our services.

On Monday, News24 reported that 100 had lost their lives in 61 crashes in the Free State since the start of the festive season, according to the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport.

Condolences to the families

MEC Sam Mashinini expressed deep sadness over the number of lives lost.

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