By Rafeek Shah, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport:
THE DA in KZN offers its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in a horror accident on the province’s South Coast on Friday.
We are particularly saddened by the death of one of our own activists who hailed from Ingwe.
The carnage on KZN’s roads continues unabated and this tragic incident is yet another stark reminder that our province desperately needs consistent traffic law enforcement.
The only way to curb the high number of accidents is to;
– Improve road conditions through proper maintenance programmes
– Increase the number of traffic officers to ensure visible policing
– Eradicate endemic corruption at motor licensing bureaus to ensure vehicle roadworthiness and driver competency
– Impose strict enforcement of traffic laws without fear or favour
– Enforce severe penalties for traffic violations and harsh legal consequences for driving in a manner which dangers other road users.
The DA has made numerous calls for such measures, not only be introduced but to be put into effect in a consistent manner.
We will again raise these submissions with KZN Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, at the next meeting of the province’s Transport portfolio committee.
We expect the MEC to ‘walk the talk’ and ensure that concrete steps are taken to reduce the death toll on our roads.