KZN Transport MEC has blood on his hands

Sizwe Mchunu

Leader of the DA in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is deeply disturbed by reports of yet another accident involving a heavy vehicle on Fields Hill last night, which claimed the lives of two people.

According to media reports, a truck slammed into two taxis, injuring up to twenty people.

The DA extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.  This is yet another accident which could have been prevented.

Last night’s accident comes less than a month after 23 people were killed on the same stretch of road in one of the worst accidents ever on KwaZulu-Natal roads.  At the time, KZN Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, described his horror at having to step over the bodies of those who were killed that fateful night.

Yet the MEC has failed to ban heavy vehicles from using this route and has instead embarked on a process to assess the economic and social impact of banning heavy vehicles from Fields Hill.

This is not good enough.  In failing to act swiftly he has allowed another accident to happen and more lives to be lost.

The DA cautions MEC Mchunu against leaving a legacy of being the MEC with blood on his hands.

We expect him put aside his concerns over the financial and societal implications of banning heavy vehicles and to place the lives of road users first.