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
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.
IFP Spokesperson on Transport,
Mr.Petros Sithole MP, 079 311 9995
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073