13 November 2013
The Economic Freedom Fighters Mpumalanga mourns the unnecessary deaths of 29 people near Kwa-Mhlanga, Mpumalanga on Tuesday. The media reports as well as eye-witness accounts paint a chilling picture of the scene of the accident in the aftermath of the harrowing incident.
The Moloto Road has, for decades now, been notorious with excessive road carnage oftentimes claiming scores of lives of our people. This route, being the only road connecting Pretoria to the western parts of Mpumalanga and Sekhukhune in Limpopo, sees a lot of traffic volumes especially around the peak seasons of Christmas and Easter yet we have not seen any investment channeled towards its upgrading and expansion. It is as a result of this that our people continue to perish like flies on this road.
In 2008 government allocated R9.3 billion to the construction of the Moloto Rail Corridor in order to ease the volumes of passenger traffic on the Moloto Road. This project was intended to link Pretoria, Kwa-Mhlanga, Kwaggafontein, Siyabuswa, Marble Hall and Burgersfort, thereby alleviating traffic and creating a safer alternative to the bus system. It is now 2013 and no work has begun on this project to date.
The EFF in Mpumalanga calls on the Department of Public Works, Roads & Transport to immediately prioritize the implementation of this project without further delay. We are also of the view that the Department must furnish the public with a report as to why this project has still not been implemented five(5) years after its approval and the budget being allocated. We cannot continue to accept mediocrity, laziness and under-performance of government departments at peril of our people.
The EFF furthermore calls for the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to formulate an effective strategy of visible policing and patrolling of this arterial road, as we head into the festive season, in order to avert any such catastrophe from happening again. This thing of lazy traffic officials who hide under trees with speeding cameras must come to and end. Traffic officials must use the fancy GTIs they have to effect visible policing of our roads and pro-active traffic law enforcement instead being reactionary and always looking for itjotjo while hiding under traffic signage, trees and bridges.
We call on all fighters and brigades in surrounding villages of Vlaaklagte, Vezubuhle, Number 2, Siyabuswa, Moloto, Kwaggafontein, eKangala and other areas to come out in their numbers and support the families who have lost love ones. Fighters are called upon to offer any support necessary to the families with regards to the funeral arrangements, attend the daily prayers sessions and assist with anything that requires us to lend a hand in. Singabantu abansundu, siyazi ukuthi izandla ziyagezana. Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.
EFF wishes, once more, to relay our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families who lost loved ones. Lange nkathazo bakithi. UZimu anitshudubaze!
Issued by Economic Freedom Fighters Mpumalanga.
Contact: Mpumelelo Masina – Provincial Spokesperson – 0839934356