MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Mourns Another Fatal Accident in KwaZulu Natal

6th September 2013    

 

The IFP would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the families of the 27 people killed in a tragic accident in Field's Hill, Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday.

  

IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP, said, “We are shocked and distraught by yesterday’s accident in KwaZulu Natal. We were still in shock and mourning the death of the 7 maidens from Umzumbe, and the 2 women travelling with them, as they returned from the Royal Reed Dance ceremony last weekend. Now barely a week later another tragic accident has happened.”

 

The IFP sympathizes with the families that have lost their loved ones. “We wish them strength and comfort in this difficult time. We call on the KwaZulu Natal Government to assist the families with the burial of their loved ones, to give them a dignified send off,” said Sithole.

 

  

Sithole added, “If the truck driver and the company are found responsible for the accident, as it seems the truck was not roadworthy, they should be held liable and be charged.”

  

The IFP urges the Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters, to intervene to find solutions to the problem of road accidents which plague KwaZulu Natal.

 

“We hope the Minister in cooperation with the KwaZulu Natal Transport MEC, Mr Willies Mchunu, will come up with a plan to curb these avoidable tragedies in the province,” concluded Sithole.

 

  

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995

 

Or contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252