Responding to the announcement by Transport Minister Dikobe Martins on Thursday, IFP Spokesperson for Safety and Security, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu said:
"It seems like the festive season has turned South African roads into a war zone. It is shocking to learn that approximately 1465 people were killed in such a few months. Something drastic needs to be done about it NOW."
"Whatever is being currently done to prevent roads deaths is obviously not working and IFP therefore calls on the Minister of Transport to hold a National Road Safety Indaba, which must come up with drastic ways of putting an end to the wholesale slaughter of innocent people on our roads," Ndlovu added.
"The National Road Safety Indaba must also consider what action should be taken to protect road users from the estimated 40% drunk pedestrians who walk onto the roads and what action should be taken should they survive," he added.
"Until the situation can be reversed the IFP re-iterates the call for a lifetime license ban for all convicted drunk drivers. They simply cannot be allowed to destroy the lives of innocent people with such impunity," concluded Ndlovu.
IFP Spokesperson for Safety and Security
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