12 November 2013
Government is deeply saddened and sends its deepest condolences to the families that lost their loved ones when a bus collided with a truck in Moloto Road near Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga last night. Twenty-nine people were killed and scores of injured passengers were taken to nearby hospital.
Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams, said, “Government is saddened by the unfortunate loss of lives in this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. We wish all the injured a speedy recovery. The issue of safety on the roads is a collective effort, which includes government, law enforcement agencies, drivers, and the society at large.”
During the month of October, the Road Traffic Management Company began implementing the Intelligent Traffic Enforcement Management programme which will see a more stringent enforcement of the rule of the road, including arrests and the impounding of vehicles.
Government also calls on all motorists to change negligent behavior and partner with government to reduce the number of road deaths by half by the year 2020. “Courtesy, patience and abiding by the rules of the road will play a significant role in reducing road accidents, “said Williams.
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