10 January 2013
Responding to the announcement by Transport
Minister Dikobe Martins on Thursday, IFP Spokesperson for Safety
and Security, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu said:
"It seems like the festive season has turned
South African roads into a war zone. It is shocking to learn
that approximately 1465 people were killed in such a few months.
Something drastic needs to be done about it NOW."
"Whatever is being currently done to prevent
roads deaths is obviously not working and IFP therefore calls on
the Minister of Transport to hold a National Road Safety Indaba,
which must come up with drastic ways of putting an end to the
wholesale slaughter of innocent people on our roads," Ndlovu
"The National Road Safety Indaba must also
consider what action should be taken to protect road users from
the estimated 40% drunk pedestrians who walk onto the roads and
what action should be taken should they survive," he added.
"Until the situation can be reversed the IFP
re-iterates the call for a lifetime license ban for all
convicted drunk drivers. They simply cannot be allowed to
destroy the lives of innocent people with such impunity," concluded Ndlovu.
Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, MP
IFP Spokesperson for Safety and Security
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