Johann Krog, MPP
The most recent tragedy on Fields Hill comes as we head into the busy holiday season.
This time, a truck travelling up the hill crashed into the back of a taxi, which had swerved to avoid another taxi which had broken down. Tragically two people died and many were left injured.
In 2008, the Democratic Alliance, in a motion in the provincial parliament, called for a ban on all heavy vehicles on Field’s Hill. Nothing happened. In 2011, the MEC received conclusive evidence in the form of expert reports that Field’s Hill was not suited to heavy vehicles. Yet nothing happened.
Twenty five people have died on this stretch of road in the past month. Still, nothing is happening. Instead the MEC is rambling on about the economic and social impact of such a ban and carrying out impromptu checks on trucks using Fields Hill – more a public relations exercise than anything else.
MEC – the people of KwaZulu-Natal are not to be fooled.
Following last month’s horrific accident, the DA proposed a six month ban on all heavies. This would allow the MEC the opportunity to monitor the impact that he is so concerned about.
More importantly it would mean that, for at least the next six months, road users would not have to fear for their lives every time they use this stretch of road.