IFP Demands Progress Report on Moloto Road

02 October 2014.


The IFP has challenged the Mpumalanga Premier, David Mabuza and the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters to give clarity on what progress has been made in the implementation of the much-delayed Moloto Rail Corridor, after two buses were involved in accidents.


"It's high time that the Premier and the Minister tells us the truth on what is going on with this project. How many more lives have to be lost before the government takes decisive action to put an end to the carnage? Currently, it is only during "political" eulogising of victims at funeral gatherings that high level officials acknowledge the problem," said IFP spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole, MP


"We are very concerned because we only hear the Minister of Transport being vocal on E-tolls but she is silent when it comes to this issue, where people are losing their lives. The Minister's concern with E-tolls should be viewed suspiciously because of allegations of benefits to certain senior politicians. This would explain why she continually defends the implementation of something that has been rejected by the masses"


"It is evident that she doesn't care about Gauteng residents and the economy of our country. She must show genuine sympathy with those who have been affected by events on Moloto Road," continued Mr Sithole.


"I will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport to summon the Minister of Transport and the Mpumalanga Premier to appear before Parliament because it seems as if they don't care about the loss of life. They must be held accountable. We will ask questions and demand answers," concluded Mr Sithole.


The IFP has expressed exasperation at the government's empty promises on this matter and it calls for urgent implementation of this project without any more delays.


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995/ 082 743 1348


For media enquiries contact: 

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675