ANC calls for action after N1 crash

2011-11-16 15:15

Cape Town - The ANC in the Western Cape wants stricter traffic controls after the deaths of 20 people in an accident on the N1.

"The disastrous accident near Prince Albert Way where two minibus taxis crashed into a stationary truck and trailer is the umpteenth serious smash with multiple fatalities on the so-called road of death stretch," the ANC said on Wednesday.

"More should be done to improve visibility, law enforcement, raising awareness and alertness of drivers on this road with a very bad history of crashes involving trucks and taxis."

The accident happened on the N1 between Leeu-Gamka and the turn-off to Prince Albert at around 02:00 on Tuesday. Two taxis heading in the direction of Cape Town crashed into the side of a truck.

Police said the minibus overturned when it was rammed from behind by another minibus.

Twelve women, six men, a boy and a girl were declared dead on the scene. Post mortems were to be carried out in Oudtshoorn from Wednesday.

The driver of the truck and the driver of the second taxi survived the crash.

Serious charges

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said serious charges were expected to be brought against two of the drivers involved in the accident.

Carlisle said he planned to introduce average speed over distance cameras on the Laingsburg to Prince Albert section of the N1 "as quickly as we can".

The ANC said lights should be put up at major intersections and that solar charging cat eyes and other technologies should be made available.

"Otherwise, slip lanes should be clearly marked with enough escape room to prevent such terrible accidents claiming too many lives in numerous road tragedies.

"Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle must ensure that such a project receives the priority it deserves," the ANC said.

  • Vicker - 2011-11-16 15:24

    If the accident occurred at 02:00 in the morning, the problem was not visibility, but driver fatigue. Chances are the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Thus it is driver education that is necessary, not upgrading of infrastructure. Considering this was in the middle of the Karoo, visibility really is not a problem, as you can see into next week thats how flat it is...

      Jack - 2011-11-16 15:47

      Why are we stuck with the dumbest people in Africa?? The ANC is calling for action, however if it wasn't for their corrupt tendancies buying fake licenses would not be a possibility. It all comes down to the goverment and its people for having no moral values.

      Bob - 2011-11-16 16:00

      Jack, i think the point is "the ANC is calling for action" well they are the dumbos in government so they are effectively calling on themselves, perhaps they forgot who is (I nearly said governing this country) in government.

  • JadeRae - 2011-11-16 15:28

    Maybe the ANC can take some money from their party budget to fund this project, since they are suddenly taking an interest...

      StarStruck - 2011-11-16 15:53

      Sooo true. Now they want action in a province that actually succeeded in reducing road fatalities through initiatives. Their focus should be on KZN - the drivers there are from a different planet. The same goes for Gauteng drivers. I make sure to get up early enough to not be rushed on my way to work. It is hard work to keep myself out of an accident when I have to be the eyes of other drivers and taxi’s take 1st prize for driving foolishly.

      Alan - 2011-11-16 16:02

      Hmm - I am thinking maybe the ANC should also have a look at the Blue Light Brigade that also cause many accidents whilst whisking countless Public Servants from one "Emergency" situation to another. Did somebody say something about Mafoedies with ego problems?

  • Anthony - 2011-11-16 15:30

    no the taxis are doing a stirling jod so just leave them alone, the anc does everything in there power to control

  • Hermann - 2011-11-16 15:32

    As if that will help. When a driver is incapable of thinking due to some mental block accidents will happen.

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2011-11-16 16:05

      Haha, the only power that the ANC knows is corruption and thievery

  • dale.towert - 2011-11-16 15:34

    Don't joke - this (like most road accidents in SA) has nothing to do with lack of lights, cat eyes or lane markings. It has everything to do with un-roadworthy vehicles, and drivers who won't (because the authorities turn a blind eye) or can't (because they don't have or bought their drivers licences) drive properly, in a law-abiding manner. The ONLY solution to this problem is to enforce the current Road Traffic Act (which is fine as it is - having served SA for decades) without fear of favour (or exceptions).

  • Herman - 2011-11-16 15:35

    The anc regime being opportunistic again!

  • procold2 - 2011-11-16 15:40

    there are hundreds of accidents,the call for action is to late,goverment must must regulate this industry and any drivers or owners breaking the laws must get maximum sentences,a few good exampels and a few unroadworthy taxis scrapped and destroyed will open the eyes,the reason this is happening is also that bribing officials is to easy and there should be some harsh sentences on this front aswell.

  • andre.ruiters - 2011-11-16 15:40

    Sure enough , speed kills, so they say. Is dit nie miskien eerder die bestuurder wat ongelukke veroorsaak nie. En die verkeers manne wat 'n mens nooit met 'n oog sien nie. Hulle kruip agter 'n bos weg en hou speedtrap. Dit gaan nie sterftes verminder op ons paaie nie. Hou roadblocks , gaan voortuie na , toets vir dronk bestuurders. Ek ry al vir 12 jaar elke Desember Kaap toe en is nog net twee keer by 'n roadblock afgetrek vir inspeksie. Partykeer stop mens by 'n ultra city dan staan daar 'n kar met bestuurders wat sit en drink voor hulle verder ry. Hulle word nooit gevang nie omdat daar nie regtig road blocks gehou word nie. Bestuurders raak ook baie maklik aan die slaap. Goeie nagrus, stop elke 2ure en rus en glo my mens kan veilig by jou bestemmming uitkom. So almal wat op vakansie gaan , wees maar versigtig op die paaie.

  • Theresa - 2011-11-16 15:42

    One way to try and curb these accidents is to send the person with a VALID PDP for an advanced driving course.At least then they'll know how to react to certain conditions on the road.Unfortunately it won't change their driving mentality.

  • Irene - 2011-11-16 15:46

    What? Have the ANC only just woken up?

      Paas - 2011-11-16 15:55

      No, the accident occurred in the Western Cape so they are using it to take a swipe at the DA Provincial Government. They weren't exactly shedding tears last weekend when the same number of people were killed on the roads of Limpopo.

      Rory - 2011-11-16 16:23

      Quite right Paas.

  • Dane - 2011-11-16 15:52

    "More should be done to improve visibility, law enforcement, raising awareness and alertness of drivers on this road with a very bad history of crashes involving trucks and taxis.".........................Ahhhhh.....the ANC, Typical, its everyone else's fault that 2 Taxi's collided, but no wait we not going to blame the taxi drivers involved, because we make to much money off the Taxi industry which is totally unregulated............Please ANCriminal, please can we have some stats on how many accidents are caused on an annual basis that involve TAXI's.......What a f@#$ing joke!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-16 16:03

    The ANC must be one of the slowest acting governments on the planet. The taxi industry has been allowed to become a law unto their own, with the resultant carnage. This industry should hang its head in shame, it has killed more people than war or crime in this country. The ANC should hang its head in shame for being so spineless and tardy - they have lots of blood on their hands. To correct something you have allowed to spiral out of control is a lot more difficult than having the guts to control it in the first place.

  • Zion - 2011-11-16 16:05

    Vicker, the area for long stretches are hilly and other areas are mountainous. The problem on most stretches of the N1 is the road is not wide enough to accommodate the traffic it is bearing, despite the fact it is being worked on and dug up regularly for whatever reason. Overtaking lanes are not provided as well as the lanes for loaded vehicles on a gradient. All in all the N! is primitive in comparison to other national roads. I have seen better on main and secondary roads. I had the exhilirating experience of having to overtake a truck travelling at 140km/h when I increase speed then so does he.

  • Jonathan - 2011-11-16 16:07

    Taxis and tell me what the common denominator is...I don't think the road is the problem here I'm afraid!

  • steven.honeyborne - 2011-11-16 16:16

    The South African solution, more speed cameras, CLEVER, so a fine gets posted to a dead person at a non existent address. This goes a very long way to making our roads safer! Why not stop drivers and examine the vehicle, clearly we have already forgotten the Knysna bus tragedy?

  • irritirritated - 2011-11-16 16:21

    Have the ANC only woken up now?

  • - 2011-11-16 16:34

    the simple answe ris that stricter traffic ocntrols will not help this situation they need to get those idiot death ttraps taxi and their drivers off the roads.. pronto.. masybe mak eit a national sport to shoot taxi drivers.. no mmnater t\where they are found..

  • Steven - 2011-11-16 19:18

    The DA in the north of Gauteng wants stricter traffic controls after the death of hundreds of persons on the notorious road of death, the Moloto road. First fix ur own sh1t in ur own provinces @ANC

  • Chad - 2011-11-16 19:30

    Often causing mayhem where the DA governs, they don't even care about the state of roads in crucial parts of the country. The ANC can kiss off with the circus they are attempting to create.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-18 21:01

    Wow really ANC?

  • Alex - 2011-11-20 09:19

    Does not help charging people after someone dies. Build a proper road like the n1 in cape town and ofs so that up and down bound traffic are seperated by barriers. Only solution. Just take the money from the parliamnet housing revamp.

  • BoereMag - 2011-11-29 12:34

    KARMA is 'n bliksem...!!!!

  • BoereMag - 2011-11-29 12:37

    DOM vang sy BAAS...!!!

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2011-12-03 21:59

    How about making it law for all taxis to have safety belts. Might save a few lives that way...

  • Olga De Bruin - 2015-06-15 17:35

    As with everything they have touched, they have botched up!!!! Keep them away from making more rules they cannot stick to!!!!! Oh heaven save our beautiful country from further ruin!!!!!& idiocy.

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