School Children Must be Transported Safely

18 April 2013    


The high number of incidents of road carnage in the Eastern Cape involving vans being used for learner transport necessitates the immediate banning of such vehicles to transport our school children.


IFP Spokesperson on Transport, Mr Petros Sithole MP said, "The tragic death of four learners of Jikindaba Senior Secondary School in Marhamzweni village, Flagstaff, shows that government is just not doing enough in rolling out its scholar transport programme. This intervention is urgent and must be expedited as soon as possible. Government is placing the lives of our children at great risk by dragging their heels on this issue!"


Last month six pupils from Mabalengwe Senior Secondary School in Libode died when the bakkie they were being transported in flipped.  "The MEC for Transport in the Eastern Cape, Thandiswa Marawu, must organise urgent meetings at all Eastern Cape Schools to discuss and educate parents of learners about the risks of using goods vans to transport learners.  Furthermore, she must make sure that scholar transport is re-introduced in Flagstaff immediately so as to avoid more tragedies," concluded Sithole.


The IFP sends its deepest sympathies and prayers to the teachers, learners and families of learners who died in this accident.


Issued by:
IFP Spokesperson on Transport,
Mr.Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995 


IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer,
Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675