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