Call for traffic cops to work 24/7: The Herald

THE DA has called on Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana to reintroduce shifts so traffic officers can monitor Eastern Cape roads 24 hours a day.

This comes after 45 people died in two accidents at the weekend.

The accidents have been seen by many as the worst in the province in recent history.

On Saturday, 35 people perished near Willowvale when a bus went over a cliff.

Ten others were killed in a taxi accident between Graaff-Reinet and Cradock, also on Saturday.

DA shadow transport MEC Marshall von Buchenroder called on Tikana to review a resolution to ensure traffic officers manned the roads around the clock.

“The resolution only allows for traffic officers to work on shifts from 6am to 2pm and then from 2pm to 10pm,” Von Buchenroder said.

“After that, they work on a skeleton staff. This means that there will not be enough officers on our roads from 10pm.”

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma called yesterday for extraordinary caution and strict adherence to road rules in the wake of the accidents.