STATEMENT ISSUED BY MALIZOLE DIKO
UDM NATIONAL SECRETARY
United Democratic Movement (UDM) is very concerned about reports of recent
accidents on our roads, involving buses that carried passengers. At least three
people died, amongst which two were children and approximately seventy others
were injured of which some are in a serious condition.
In the one accident, witnesses related that a car drove in the wrong lane near
KwaMhlanga (Mpumalanga) and collided head on with the bus which overturned. In
another near Mooinooi (North West) a bus transporting children to a rugby match,
overturned after its left front tyre burst.
Whatever the reasons for these tragic occurrences, the cost in human life
remains unacceptable. The UDM has repeatedly advocated for better management of
the ailing roads system in South Africa, enforcement of the law and general
safety conscious driving by our road users.
It is enough that the average South African is confronted with HIV/Aids, rape,
crime and corruption that permeate many levels of our society; it is time for
the ANC government to come forward and give effect to their election promises.
Money is available and there is a National Roads Agency, which efficiently
attends to our national roads. Committed public servants must use this Agency to
ensure that the funds available translate into safer roads. The UDM also appeals
to all road users to respect the law and make a conscious effort to ensure that
their vehicles are road worthy and a turn to safety conscious driving.
Mr Malizole Diko
UDM National Secretary
15 October 2001