14 January 2013
The IFP would like to send its deepest
condolences to the families of those who died in a road accident
involving a taxi in Balfour this morning.
IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros
Sithole MP said, "It is tragic to hear of another seven people
having died in an Mpumalanga road accident.
Just a few days ago, sixteen people were
killed after a head-on collision between a truck and a minibus
on the R25 in Bronkhorstspruit in Mpumalanga.
The question is , what are the Department of
Transport and Taxi Associations in Mpumalanga doing to
proactively prevent further road deaths in Mpumalanga? The
situation is clearly in dire need of redress."
"Taxi owners must ensure that their drivers
have public driving permits and are trained in providing safe
public transport. The IFP also calls upon the Department of
Transport in Mpumalanga to conduct proper maintenance and upkeep
of the road infrastructure. Poor maintenance because of bad
workmanship must be rectified. The Department must also consider
the problem of stray animals on Mpumalanga roads which remain a
major safety hazard to motorists," said Sithole.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Hon
Petros Sithole MP; 082 743 1348
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Phendulani Biyase; 073 024 5675