By Rafeek Shah, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport:
THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal again expresses its sincere condolences to the families of those who died in a horror accident involving a taxi and a train at Shaka’s Head last month.
The carnage on KZN’s roads continues unabated and this tragic incident is just another stark reminder that our province desperately needs effective traffic law enforcement.
The engineers report on this horror accident indicates that;
– The driver failed to stop at a stop sign
– He had been speeding
– The mini-bus taxi’s brakes had failed
– A combination of these factors.
The only way to curb the volume of accidents on KZN’s roads is to;
– Improve road conditions through proper maintenance and programmes
– Increase the number of traffic officers and ensure visible policing
– Eradicate endemic corruption at Motor Licensing bureau to ensure vehicle roadworthiness and driver competency
– Impose strict enforcement of traffic laws and severe penalties for perpetrators
The DA believes that the vast majority of accidents stem from the following;
– A lack of law enforcement which stems from an ineffective RTI management
– A lack of investigative capacity. Why has KZN’s Community Safety department commissioned the services of a private forensic investigator to probe the Shaka’s Head accident when the SAPS collision unit, RTI, and KwaDukuza traffic personnel attended the scene and were supposedly ‘working together on the investigation’?
This last point is reinforced by the announcement that the department is looking at establishing an Accident Management and Reconstruction Unit. This also begs the question – why has it taken so long?