MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani launched the 2022/23 festive season road safety campaign on Wednesday,30 November 2022 in Mankweng unit F outside Polokwane. This campaign is a multi disciplinary undertaking geared towards heightening awareness of road safety issues and reduction of crashes, fatalities and serious injuries throughout festive season.
MEC Florence says they have decided to launch this event in Mankweng because their records indicate that there is a greater number of fatalities that are taking place on the R71 road. “We took a decision to launch the campaign because we want to demonstrate as government we care about our people” said MEC.
Radzilani says about 3 weeks ago, South Africa witnessed a horrific accident in which 9 members of the Sethe family died on the N1 road, while driving home in Nobody village for a family wedding. Research shows that the R71 road is the second most dangerous road nationally, when it comes to pedestrians who are killed by motor vehicles.
“ Limpopo is amongst the top 5 provinces in the country, with the highest number of accidents together with KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Easten Cape and Western Cape”
Acting Limpopo Police Commissioner Major General Jan Scheepers emphasised that road safety is everyone’s responsibility and should not be left to the traffic officers and police. He says they will despatch traffic officers on the R71 and other busy roads on a 24-hour basis.
Radzilani concluded by pleading with church leaders to make road safety a prayer item in their churches, saying they are aware that this problem requires divine intervention.