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12 April 2018
MEC Motlhabane concerned on the rate of road deaths in NW

Community Safety and Transport Management MEC, Dr Mpho Motlhabane raised a concern about deaths reported in the Province in the past two days.

His plea follows another tragic accident where five people died when two vehicles collided on the R53 route between Potchefstrom and Ventersdorp yesterday.

According to information received from the scene, four people died on spot and burned as the two vehicles caught fire, while a six-year-old died at the nearest hospital.

Expressing his sadness, MEC said it is shocking to lose lives of beloved ones in these gruesome accidents. “Losing more than two people in one incident raises a concern. It is not accepted to lose so many lives of our beloved ones in two days.

Today our roads are painted in blood,” said Motlhabane who appealed to all road users to be vigilant at all the times and said motorists must always ensure that they adhere to the road rules.

“Road safety begins with an individual and it is every ones responsibility. Our motorists must always ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy and abide by the road rules at all times.

If we can have responsible road users, we will succeed in reducing the number of accidents and deaths on our roads. We cannot have a traffic or police officer in every road for people to adhere to road rules. Let us begin to self police ourselves and obey the law,” said Motlhabane.

MEC further sends his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.


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