MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Department of Transport Should Establish
Scholar Transporting Services

29 May 2013    

 

Five learners from Nogemane Senior Secondary school in Ngqeleni in the former Transkei died in a bus accident yesterday that left 30 others critically injured.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP said, "This kind of phenomenon is becoming too common in our country and it leaves a lot of families distraught. The Department of Transport should establish its own scholar transportation bus service, which will be responsible for transporting learners to and from school activities. In that way the department will have control over the safety and roadworthiness of the buses used and the competency of the bus drivers."

 

The IFP believes that by being involved in scholar transportation, government can help reduce the number of deaths of pupils on our roads due to reckless driving.

 

The IFP sends its condolences to the families of the five learners who died and wishes a speedy recovery for those injured. "If the driver is found to have been negligent or the bus to have been in a deteriorated state, those involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Sithole.

 

 

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

or 

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