South African Government Information (Johannesburg)

16 May 2012

South Africa: Minister Ndebele on Roadlink Bus Crash

Photo: cornstaruk
Many people have died in Roadlink accidents since 2006 on South African roads.

press release

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has conveyed condolences to the families of those killed in a road crash involving a SA Roadlink bus in the Free State this morning (16 May).

According to Free State traffic authorities, five people were killed when the SA Roadlink bus they were travelling in overturned on the N1, 30 km from Gariep, towards Bloemfontein at about 4.45 am today. The bus was carrying 28 passengers.

"We want to convey condolences to the families of those killed in the road crash in the Free State this morning (16 May), and wish the injured a speedy recovery.

The South African Police, in conjunction with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) as well as an independent team of accident investigation and reconstruction specialists, have commenced investigations into this crash. We call upon the investigation team to ensure that those responsible for these unnecessary deaths face the full might of the law. Officials from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) are also providing assistance to the affected families."

"Over the past four months (January to April 2012), more than 17 343 un-roadworthy vehicles, mostly buses and taxis, have been discontinued from use as part of the new National Rolling Enforcement Plan (NREP).

During the same period, 4 067 297 vehicles and drivers were checked, 1 457 516 fines issued and 24 703 drivers arrested, including 7 017 for drunk driving, 378 for reckless and/or negligent driving, 908 for excessive speed, 391 for overloading, 12 975 for outstanding warrants of arrest, 446 for not being in possession of valid public transport permits, 279 for false documentation, 208 for not being in possession of valid driving licences and 2 101 for various other offences."

"Although a slight year-on-year reduction in road deaths has been recorded, a great deal of work must still be done in line with the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Enlist as a Friend of the Decade of Action. Together, we can put an end to deaths and injuries on our roads," said the Minister.

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