Ndebele urges road users to exercise caution

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has appealed to road users to exercise caution on the country's roads following the death of 12 people in road accidents in the last 24-hours.

"We want to appeal to all road users to obey all road rules and exercise extreme caution on the roads.

"We want to make a special plea to public transport operators and drivers to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy as we cannot continue putting the lives of innocent commuters at risk.

"This unnecessary loss of lives on our roads must be brought to an end," the minister said on Monday.

Ndebele also conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims killed on the country's roads. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families. We wish the injured a speedy recovery."

Earlier on today, 10 people died in an accident near Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape.

On Sunday, Human Settlement Deputy Minister Zoe Kota-Fredericks was involved in a car accident along the N1 near Leeu Gamka in the Western Cape.

The deputy minister and her driver crashed head on with a bakkie. The occupants of the bakkie a father and son were killed while the deputy minister and the driver sustained slight injuries.