ANC-WC on accident that claimed 19 lives

ANC-WC on accident that claimed 19 lives

13 November 2006, Monday

The ANC would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the 19 agricultural workers who lost their lives in the horrific accident in Faure this morning.

According to reports, the train from Somerset West to Cape Town hit the truck that carried 31 seasonal workers, at an unguarded railway crossing, killing 11 men and eight women.

"This is indeed a sad day for the entire Western Cape as this left various families without a breadwinner but also because it further exposes the vulnerability of this marginalised community," Mcebisi Skwatsha said.

The ANC also welcome the steps announced by the provincial government to make sure that the families are assisted and to avoid such accidents from happening in future and we also support the investigation into the conditions at all railway crossings.

“It is important that we do everything possible to ensure that all citizens are safe but this case also forced us to rethink the modes of transport available to poor people as there is adequate proof of a direct link between accidents and the type of vehicles used,” Skwatsha added, referring to the accident on the N7 in July last year that claimed the lives of six agricultural workers and injured more than 40 others.

For more information and/or comment:
Mcebisi Skwatsha, ANC Provincial Secretary, on 083 258 3858.