Transport MEC calls for safety consciousness on roads

Transport MEC calls for safety consciousness on roads

13 December 2001

MEC for Transport and Public Works, Tasneem Essop visited the site of the container truck accident on the Koeberg Bridge this morning. The accident caused serious traffic congestion throughout the area.

Minister Essop responded to the accident, saying: "I want to express my sincere apologies to everyone inconvenienced by the accident, especially commuters. Thank you to the Disaster Management Team led by Mr Daniels and the Traffic Department who ensured that the site was cleared by 13h20 this afternoon. The accident will be fully investigated in conjunction with the Unicity Traffic authorities. A plan to address the ongoing problems on the Koeberg intersection must be developed.

"The lives of all our citizens are valuable. We have lost so many South Africans to crime, we must all work together to ensure that lives are not taken on the roads. Government is playing its role through the Drive Alive campaign, but we cannot do this without everyone’s commitment. I call on all fellow road users, to be especially safety conscious during the festive season. Container trucking companies should be particularly cautious and aware of their responsibilities.

"The human cost of road accidents is unforgiveable, but the cost of repairs and work hours lost is also intolerably high. We need to respect and value our roads and each other. My wishes go to Mr JJ Lewis, the driver of the truck in this morning’s accident for a speedy recovery from his injuries."

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

Clayton Wakeford
Department of Communications
ANC Caucus: Western Cape Provincial Legislature
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