25 die on Gauteng roads

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, has expressed concern about the accidents on the province’s roads following the death of 25 people this past weekend.

Our road safety efforts and practices continue to be ignored by some drivers which result in the death of many innocent citizens, Nkosi-Malobane said in a statement on Monday.

The MEC said too often, drivers and passengers do not buckle up which results in people who are involved in an accident losing their lives.

Excessive speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol have also been found to be the most contributing factors to these crashes.

Again passengers walking on our busy freeways are also a major concern, they normally do not have reflective clothing which makes it difficult for the drivers to see them and result in many deaths, she said.

This past weekend law enforcement officers had to contend with various operational difficulties such as drunk and driving, reckless and negligent driving behaviour.

I am deeply worried by the ongoing rate of road crashes in our province. As the Gauteng government, we will intensify the road safety education programmes in reducing road crashes within our roads, the MEC said.

She called on motorists to observe the rules of the road to avoid accidents on the road.

Source: South African Government News Agency