Minister delivers Easter warning on cost of road accidents

Staff Writer | Apr 20, 2019
Minister of Transport highlights the devastating impact of road crashes on South Africa.

Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande says crashes and fatalities on South Africa’s roads have “an immense impact on all aspects of society, robbing communities of people who are in the prime of their lives, affecting productivity and placing significant burdens on the state and organisations who have to care for victims”. 

Mr Nzimande said: “The impact of road crashes and fatalities cuts across racial, class, age, gender, language and cultural divides … (and that) our country’s laws and institutional capacity must be strengthened to effectively respond to our road traffic needs and road safety”.

The Department of Transport has promised to “double our efforts” to save lives over the Easter period. 

Easter traditionally sees increased traffic volumes on South Africa’s roads. Over the 2018 Easter rush, in the region of 500 people were killed in road accidents. Mr Nzimande said at the time that “we are indeed disappointed by not meeting the 10% reduction in fatalities that we had set for ourselves. However, we will not lose hope”.     

 

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