How Many More Need To Die

Anthony Benadie MPL

Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga

Note: The following members statement was tabled by Anthony Benadie today in the Mpumalanga Legislature.

Hon. Speaker, I rise to deliver a statement on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, with regards to the ongoing road carnage on the R40.

Last week, in the space of 24 hours, two accidents claimed the lives of 12 people, and in the past years, numerous other motorists have passed away due to accidents occurring on the intersection of the R40 and Plaston Road. Such occurrences should be of grave concern to this house.

Just last week, this house united in expressing our condolences to the accident victims which was coupled by a massive public outcry for immediate action to be taken by government to address this dangerous situation.

In response, Safety and Security MEC Hon Shongwe made a public commitment in this house, that speed bumps and a traffic light will be installed on the intersection by Monday the 28th of July 2014.

Today is the 29th of July and there are still no visible measures in place to curb the accidents on this dangerous intersection. How many more people need to die on this road before this administration takes action.

As such, the DA calls on MEC Shongwe to act immediately and fulfil the promises he made to this house. There is already strong traffic officer presence on the road and the setting up of a task team cannot be the only measure the of action by the department. The people of Mpumalanga don’t have time for talk shops and drawn out bureaucratic processes they need action.

The MEC has made a commitment, and he must now put his money where his mouth is.

I thank you.