By Jane Sithole MPL, Spokesperson on Public Works, Roads and Transport:
The DA extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the six people who were killed in a tragic taxi accident on the N4 just outside Nelspruit on Wednesday night.
The taxi was carrying 12 people travelling to Johannesburg from Mozambique when the driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control and drove into a tree. Six passengers died on the scene while another six, including a one-year-old baby, sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital.
Not only do road accidents put serious strain on the province’s economy, but they also rob families of breadwinners and loved ones.
This incident should act as reminder to all motorists that road accidents can happen at any given time or place, as such, they should remain alert at all times. The DA calls on all road users to obey the rules of the road, and to ensure that their vehicles are in a serviceable and roadworthy condition in order to avoid accidents.
We welcome the commitment made by Community Safety and Security MEC, Vusi Shongwe in Tuesday’s sitting of the Provincial Legislature, to work closely with our neighbouring countries and provinces in order to curb the flow of un-roadworthy vehicles through the province.
The DA will continue to work hand in hand with government to ensure more stringent steps are taken towards ending the carnage on our province’s roads.