With the recent spate of car accidents in the Limpopo
province, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula decided to visit the
province to warn motorists. Mbalaula has urged motorists to drive with caution
to avoid fatal crashes on national roads.
He said the law must ensure there are consequences for those who don’t abide by the rules. He has condemned reckless and drunken-driving.
“We have had more than 44 fatalities in this province and elsewhere in the country. We don’t take responsibility for our reckless driving. We don’t take responsibility to ensure that we respect the law. If someone passes a roadblock through a bribe and causes an accident elsewhere, your whole family could be in danger because we allowing just an individual to surpass the laws of the country and an officer of the law. It is an act of criminality to be on the road and undermine the laws.”
The minister said he will ensure that traffic officers are deployed on a 24-hour basis in provinces that record a high number of road fatalities, especially Limpopo. He says most road crashes are a result of reckless driving and unroadworthy vehicles.
Mbalula says he will engage with the MECs in provinces with a high number of crashes.