The IFP calls for an urgent investigation following the death of 6 people in the multiple vehicle collision which occurred in Catoridge in KwaZulu Natal. Several people were also injured in this crash.
We, the IFP record our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for a speedy and complete recovery for those injured. The alarmingly high number of accidents on our province’s roads is a cause of grave concern. Not a single week passes without an accident being recorded, with many being fatal. Drivers need to exercise extreme caution and follow the rules that are in place to avoid carnages. Unroadworthy vehicles and overcrowded vehicles have no place in our province’s roads. Drivers with no driving permits also pose a danger to road users. There is also a need for community engagement to ensure that road accidents are curbed. The police can only work effectively if there is spirited community participation in the fight against road accidents. Political will is key to ensuring that the necessary steps are taken to ensure that the weekly tragedies that play out on our roads are minimised. The IFP demands that road safety be a priority of government so we can protect the lives of citizens. There is no room for ignorance or political indifference when lives are at stake. Law enforcement should also be armed and capacitated with the requisite human and financial resources to deal effectively and efficiently with the prevention of road accidents. Enforcement efforts must be well publicised, sustainable and implemented by the use of appropriate measures and penalties for infringement. We also call for the deployment of traffic police officers 24/7 to help stem the tide of road carnages which plague our province with devastating consequences.
Hon. Steven Moodley
IFP KZN Spokesperson on Transport
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