SACP Eastern Cape cautions drivers, calls on government to improve rural roads

AUGUST 31, 2015

In the wake of two horrific accidents that claimed around 46 lives in the Eastern Cape over the weekend, the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape has cautioned drivers and called on government to improve rural roads and other infrastructures.

"We believe that one life is too many and no life should be lost, we are saddened by the fact that so many people, breadwinners, and the future leaders perish on the roads due to accidents," said Siyabonga Mdodi, SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson.

A minibus accident that happened on the Wapadsberg pass near Cradock claimed nine lives and left eight people injured while a bus accident at Nkelekethe Village near Willowvale claimed 36 lives, including six young children and injuring many others.

"We wish to send the word of caution to all the drivers in the roads to drive with extra caution, caring for those they carry and those on the road. We would like to also call on bus and minibus owners to ensure safety on the roads by not using buses and minibuses that are not roadworthy," Mdodi said.

"Another contributing factor to the sad reality of losing people in our roads is the bad rural road infrastructure. It is in this context that we are calling upon our government to improve the roads infrastructure to curb deaths in our roads.

"Part of resolving this challenge would be the implementation of affordable and quality integrated public transport system.    

"We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have passed on, we can only imagine the pain they should be feeling. We wish a speedy recovery to the injured people on both accidents."