MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Safety Standards in Municipalities Must Be Improved

08 October 2013    

 

The IFP calls for urgent improvement of safety standards in the workplace in all municipalities, after a father and son died due to inhaling toxic fumes, while working on a sewerage system in the township of Huhudi, Vryburg, North West.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith MP said, “The death of Monnapula Mohumapelo and his father Batlhaleheng shows that there are no policies in place governing work around hazardous material in some municipalities. In this case, those in charge of ensuring that safety standards are adhered to in the Naledi municipality must be held accountable.”

 

Sewage workers are exposed to different noxious agents, which may lead to the development of chronic lung infections.

 

Smith further stated, “We call on the labour minister to ensure that inspectors conduct regular checks on sites. This is also a wakeup call to the private sector as many workers have lost their lives due to work safety policies in many companies not being implemented.”

 

The IFP calls for urgent hazardous materials training for all municipal workers to prevent more deaths. Furthermore, regular awareness programmes should be conducted regarding safer work procedures and the use of personal protective devices.

 

The IFP would like to send its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

  

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687

 

Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 24 5675