THOUSANDS of mourners turned out for the mass funeral ,last Saturday, of the 15 victims who were tragically killed in a taxi accident on Thursday 29th March on their way home to their village Nhulungwane in Msinga for the Easter weekend
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda , Msinga Mayor Cllr B Ngcobo , officials and members of the community gathered at the Umkhuphula sportfield on Saturday 7th April to honour and in respect of the victims. The close knit community is devastated at the loss of so many family and friends.
The Gauteng registered taxi, which was travelling from Greytown, was overloaded, unroadworthy and without a licence to operate.The driver,who was said to be speeding on the Greytown/Dundee road, lost control on a sharp corner and the vehicle plunged down an embankment .The MEC said that the owner of the taxi would face the full might of the law in that he “he consciously went through all the illegal channels to operate illegally.”
Promising to clamp down, without any mercy, on illegal public transport operators and unroadworthy vehicles,the MEC said “It is disheartening to stand in front of so many coffins and speak of road safety when there are still people who disregard the lives of others. “
In the clamp down on the illegal operators who also pose a threat to the peace and stability in the taxi operations, Kaunda has ordered the Inter Provincial Technical Task Team to tighten enforcement on the illegal licensing of vehicles and to probe all the licensing stations that are issuing these illegal operating documents. The MEC urged members of the public to refuse to travel in unroadworthy vehicles which were death traps.
The Department is also working closely with the South Africa National Taxi Council (SANTACO) in bringing dignity to this lucrative business by ensuring that it is properly regulated.