Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
The DA passes its condolences to the families of the seven people who died in a minibus taxi accident on the R23 near Balfour this morning.
According to media reports the taxi overturned after a tyre burst, resulting in seven fatalities and nine people being hospitalised with serious injuries.
This incident, like so many others across our province during the festive season, once again highlights the many potential dangers road users face on a daily basis, emphasising the need for effective road use rules and their enforcement.
The DA therefore urges all motorists to remain cautions on our roads and to adhere to rules and regulations pertaining to their use. We also call on the departments of community safety and roads and transport to effectively police our road network and to enforce all rules and regulations without fear or favour.
The unacceptably high number of deaths on Mpumalanga’s roads need to be reduced as a matter of priority, and it will require the cooperation of government and the public alike to do so.