'Road blocks not working'

2011-08-24 13:36
COMMON SIGHT: Scenes like the one pictured here have become commonplace on South African roads.

COMMON SIGHT: Scenes like the one pictured here have become commonplace on South African roads.

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Knysna  - While the transport ministry continues to crow about how many millions of cars it has stopped and how many drivers are being hauled off the roads every few seconds, real life shows people still dying by the dozen.

What is needed is a road crackdown with mobile patrols, not patently roadworthy cars being stopped to make sure the drivers have a licence.


You might notice, Minister S'bu Ndebele, a common thread in the appalling statistics below - public transport, as in buses and taxis. We know (according to DoT stats) that such vehicles are being targeted at roadblocks. Taxi drivers have cellphones and share the information within minutes of the blue lights closing a road.

Put you men on the road and catch the potential killers on the move.

Here's just part of the death-and-injury toll this week - including today's horror crash in Knysna which killed 16 children. The country is looking to you to end this non-stop carnage.

KNYSNA: 17 people, including 16 children, were killed and 42 people were injured when a bus plunged into a river in Knysna on August 24. The bus was on its way to Rheenendal Primary School when it went through the barrier of a bridge. Emergency services said the death toll could rise.

DURBAN:  A man was killed and nine people were injured on August 21 when a taxi hit a sedan and overturned at a crossroads on Newlands West Drive near Inanda.

ESTCOURT: Nine people were killed and 53 injured when a bus and a taxi collided on the N3 in Estcourt on August 22. One driver of the vehicles lost control and a collision followed.

KWAZULU-NATAL: Four people were killed in a head-on collision between a bakkie and a sedan on the N2 in kwaZulu-Natal on August 22. Both cars caught fire and the victims were burnt beyond recognition

STELLENBOSCH: 13 people were injured, three seriously, when a taxi overturned. The driver apparently lost control on the R310 after through a mechanical problem.

DURBAN: 17 people injured when a taxi and a car collided in Durban North, two seriously. The car driver was trapped in his vehicle and critically injured.

KLERKSDORP: A man was killed and eight people were injured when an ambulance and a car collided near the North West town. Six patients in the ambulance and two attendants were injured. The car driver is dead. All the injured were taken to hospital.

ALBERTON: A man was killed and six people injured when a sedan collided with a light truck on Tuesday. A taxi then collided with the truck, causing it to overturn. The taxi driver was not injured but passengers in the sedan and truck were taken to hospital.


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