IFP Demands Answers on Implementation of Pupil Transport Policy

03 November 2014.

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal demands answers from the MEC of Transport, Willies Mchunu, on the implementation of the Provincial Policy on Learner Transport for Public Schools, as children are still being transported in bakkies. 

"After the crash near Mooi River where five children died in an accident while en route to school in a bakkie the MEC of Transport promised that they will look into the possibility of introducing a transport policy that prohibits learners from being transported to school in bakkies. Since then we have not heard anything about the progress made in this matter. We don't know whether the MEC is waiting for another crash to happen before he speeds up the implementation of a policy that will protect our children," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL. 

"It was announced that the KZN Departments of Education and Transport will form a task team jointly led by the heads of department for Education and Transport, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi and Sbu Gumbi to fast track the implementation of this policy in the province. Repeated promises by the Department of Transport after serious accidents must now be translated into action," continued Mr Gwala. 

"Talk is cheap and words mean nothing when our children die on our roads. The MEC must implement the changes he wants to bring to improve the safe transportation of learners. The Department is too relaxed in implementing effective strategies. All we hear about are preliminary findings. What happens to the in-depth investigations and how the findings are to be used?" concluded Mr Gwala.

The IFP further demands that the MEC of Transport, Willies Mchunu, must also provide answers about what progress has been made in conducting an audit of all schools and in identifying learners who depend on the use of bakkies for transport so they can be prioritised in the free scholar transport programme as per his promise.

 

Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842

  

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675