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Only 538 provincial traffic law enforcement officers employed to cover entire province

September 16th, 2019

There needs to be more law enforcement officers on the Eastern Cape Roads to curb the spiraling death toll that is sweeping through the province, claiming the lives of loved ones. The latest data provided by the Department of Transport has revealed that just 538 law enforcement officers are employed to patrol the entire province’s provincial road network. According to the Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, the current ratio of law …

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New stats reveal 1666 lives lost on EC roads last year

August 28th, 2019

Newly released statistics from the Department of Transport have revealed that 1666 people tragically lost their lives on the roads in 2018, with the most accidents and lives lost recorded in the O R Tambo district. In response to a parliamentary question Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, has now confirmed that 1666 lives were lost in 1320 crashes involving 1614 vehicles during 2018. That’s more than four lives every day, lost …

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More lives lost while MEC dilly-dallies on 24-hour traffic law enforcement

July 15th, 2019

Another school holiday has passed and the carnage continues on our Eastern Cape roads, while the same promises are made, but no real action is taken. The DA repeats its call to Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, for the immediate implementation of a shift-system for 24-hour traffic law enforcement on Eastern Cape roads. Six months ago, I asked the Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, what steps or initiatives her Department had in …

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Mthatha Airport crisis could easily have been avoided

January 25th, 2019

The shutdown of the Mthatha Airport rests squarely on the shoulders of the failing ANC government, and is a direct result of a couldn’t-care-less attitude in addressing problems caused by their own lack of action. The South African Civil Aviation Authority stopped all commercial flights from landing at or leaving Mthatha airport as at 6am this morning (subs: Friday 25 January), a month after the Department was notified about shortcomings …

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Festive Season death toll on EC roads a crisis

January 16th, 2019

The Eastern Cape death toll on the roads over the Festive Season is a sad indictment of a failing ANC government that has neglected its responsibilities. With the second highest fatalities in the country, the province saw 238 people lose their lives in 195 car accidents. This is up from the previous season, where 213 lives were lost in 173 accidents from 1 December 2017 to 15 January 2018. It …

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Focus on road safety this Festive Season

December 14th, 2018
Marshall von Buchenroder

As the Festive Season gets underway, traffic safety and road fatalities will once again be in the spotlight. Unfortunately, road accidents will make this a time of great sadness, instead of a time of celebration, for many families. This also has a devastating impact on the economy, as the loss of life and injury comes at a very high cost. Between 1 December last year and January 15, 173 accidents …

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Government officials rack up over R1-million in traffic fines

November 27th, 2018

Provincial government officials have racked up over R1-million in traffic fines with state-owned vehicles over the past three years, showing a complete disregard for the laws of the road. In a response to a written question, Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, said officials driving state vehicles ran up fines totalling R1,141-million from April 2016 to the beginning of November this year. The reality is that these fines boil down to fruitless …

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Too many lives are being lost on Eastern Cape Roads

November 16th, 2018

As the world stops and remembers the victims of road accidents this Sunday (18 November 2018), the Democratic Alliance would like to extend our condolences to the families of those who were tragically killed on Eastern Cape Roads. In response to a parliamentary question received this week, Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana revealed that between 2015 and 2017, 6,815 people have lost their lives in fatal car crashes in the province. …

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Traffic officers lives not a concern to Department

November 7th, 2018

The Department of Transport has made it clear that the safety of traffic officers in the Eastern Cape is not a primary concern, having last issued bullet proof vests to officers over eight years ago. At a time when law enforcement officers are being targeted and brutally gunned down by criminal elements, it is simply unacceptable that traffic officials have had to risk their lives on a daily basis without …

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NEHAWU disrupts committee meetings

November 1st, 2018

The actions of National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union members during protests at the Eastern Cape Legislature this morning cannot be condoned. While Democratic Alliance acknowledges that workers have the right to strike, they should not have disrupted committee meetings taking place. Notice of the intended strike should have been given, and alternative arrangements for meetings to continue peacefully, should have been made. Unions cannot be allowed to disrupt …

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