Moloto death toll rises as Minister dithers

Justus de Goede MPL

DA Gauteng Transport Spokesperson

The death of a further six people on the dangerous R 537 Moloto Road has once again highlighted the desperate situation faced by motorists who use this road to commute.

The death toll on this stretch of road for the current year now stands at 80.

Over 60 000 commuters make use of the 120km long link between Pretoria and KwaMahlanga in Mpumalanga daily – with some travelling for up to four hours to get to work.

In 2008, a planned upgrade to the Moloto Rail Corridor – budgeted at around R8 billion was shelved due to lack of funding.

Since then the ANC promised its implementation, only to backtrack last year by claiming that new feasibility studies need to be done on upgrades to the road.

Earlier this year Minister for Transport, Dipuo Peters, announced that upgrades to improve the conditions of this road would take place. To date nothing has come of the announcement.

Minister Peters needs to quit the empty rhetoric and roll out the upgrade programme sooner rather than later.

Increased law enforcement from both the Provincial Government and the Tshwane Metro will go a long way in curbing road violations, accidents and fatalities.

With the festive season fast approaching, it is imperative that these steps are taken to ensure the safety of all road users.

The DA will continue to pressure Minister Peters on this issue to ensure the safety of all those who use this road.