By Rafeek Shah, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport:
THE DA calls for an urgent executive statement from KZN Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, at the next Sitting of the Legislature scheduled for Thursday, 27 August outlining his department’s immediate plans to curb ongoing carnage on the province’s roads.
The move follows a horror crash at Shaka’s Head near Ballito yesterday after a taxi lost control, plunging down an embankment and colliding with a train. According to reports, 15 people were killed and several seriously injured.
The DA is extremely saddened by this news. We express our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones in such a brutal manner.
The high number of people who continue to lose their lives on our roads is a huge concern to the DA.
The lack of effective law enforcement – particularly around roadworthy certificates being issued to faulty vehicles and unfit drivers being given their licences – is key to this problem and we call on the MEC to focus on the matter.
We also call on him to urgently engage with the Taxi industry in an effort to ensure that passengers are provided with safe transport. It is unacceptable that their lives should be at such risk.
The DA expects KZN’s Transport department to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of yesterday’s tragedy and to ensure that those found guilty face the full might of the law.