Blood kit shortage hits Gauteng drunk driver operations

John Moodey MPL

Provincial Leader

Gauteng ran out of blood kits during the 2012/13 financial year and a general shortage from suppliers meant that drunken driving operations could not be conducted as planned in the province.

According to the latest Annual Report of the Department of Community Safety more than a thousand zero-tolerance operations could not be conducted due to a lack of blood kits.

This means that, at a minimum, at least a thousand drunk drivers got off scott free because of the provincial law enforcement body’s inability to conduct operations to net those endangering the lives of others by driving under the influence.

With alcohol contributing to more than 60% to road deaths annually, it is imperative that those suspected of drinking and driving are properly tested and eventually convicted.

The DA will question Gauteng Community Safety MEC Nonhlanhla Mazibuko on the availability of blood kits in the province and her strategy to ensure that drunk drivers are caught, tested and brought to book.