Minister warns road users to obey the rules

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pretoria - Transport Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, has reiterated his warning to motorists to obey the rules of the road or face the full might of the law.

"We want to repeat our calls to all road users to obey all road rules and exercise extreme caution on the roads, or face the full might of the law," said the minister.

The minister's warning comes as 27 people were killed on the country's roads in five separate road crashes at the weekend.

He said the national Department of Transport had dispatched a team of accident investigation and reconstruction specialists to assist in the investigation of all major road crashes and all law enforcement agencies had been instructed to intensify their traffic law enforcement programme and show no mercy to offenders.

"We will ensure that those who are found guilty of this unnecessary loss of lives face the consequences of their actions," he said.

Two people were killed in a car crash in Koster in the North West on Saturday.

On Sunday, four people burnt to death when their car slammed into a tree near Kestell in the Free State, 12 people were killed when a mini-bus taxi overturned on the R573 Moloto Road in Gauteng, six people were killed on the R23 in Mpumalanga in a crash between a mini-bus taxi, truck and Toyota Tazz and three people were killed on the N2 near Felixton in KwaZulu-Natal.

Meanwhile, the North West Department of Public Safety has reported a further accident on the N4 Bakwena route, where twp people died and 19 were injured.

Ndebele expressed his condolences to the families and relatives of those killed and wished those injured a speedy recovery.