Radley Keys, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport
TRUE to form, rather than accept a suggestion by the DA that provincial MEC’s be reined in when it comes to their abuse of “blue lights”, KwaZulu-Natal transport officials have labelled the contribution as “mischievous” in an attempt to deflect from the real issue.
As an opposition party in KZN the DA is not in the business of being “mischievous”. The fact is that KwaZulu-Natal MEC’s and their blue light convoys have a shocking track record and do need to be curbed. The DA does not dispute the fact that the use of these lights by MECs is provided for by law. Nor are we attempting to trivialise their importance when it comes to ensuring the safety of MEC’s. The point the DA is making is that blue lights must only be used in true emergency situations – when life is at risk – not when an MEC is running late. The department’s claim that blue lights are necessary for the security of MEC’s therefore misses the mark entirely and it would appear that we are actually on the same page.
It is disappointing that, rather than acknowledging a valid suggestion by the DA, the department would rather shoot the messenger. This is in no way constructive and will not bring about the positive change needed to make our roads safer. What we need is for KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC’s to begin leading by example in an effort to encourage all road users to adhere to the rule of law.