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PRESS RELEASES BY MARSHAL VAN BUCHENRODER


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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Transport Month highlights the Department’s failures

October 31st, 2018

Looking back on National Transport Month and the initiatives launched by the province, leaves nothing to celebrate. People continue to lose their lives on our roads, children are still forced to walk to schools, Taxi violence is a common occurrence, and traffic law enforcement is basically non-existent. Anyone who has driven on our provincial roads in October will tell you that not enough is being done to address issues of …


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Kinkelbos Station not fully operational, despite MEC’s assurances

September 25th, 2018

Immeasurable damage is being done to our roads by overloaded trucks which are taking advantage of the non-operational Kinkelbos weighbridge station on the N2, while the MEC of Transport remains in denial. Broken and pot-holed roads are a risk to road users and businesses who rely on trucks to get their products to market. In a response to a parliamentary question, Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana gave assurances that the Kinkelbos …


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DA calls for action against striking taxi members undermining workers and the law

September 19th, 2018

The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls for strong action to be taken against taxi operators who have brought the economy of the Eastern Cape to a crashing halt today. The taxi industry, through their actions, have today shown that they do not care about the livelihoods of the people of this province. Tens of thousands of individuals, breadwinners, who are dependent on public transport to get to work, will take home …


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Three month amnesty fails to reclaim a single cent in outstanding traffic fines

August 31st, 2018

The Eastern Cape has failed to recover a single cent of more than R110 million in outstanding traffic fines issued over the past two financial years. This despite offering an amnesty period to offenders, due to poor implementation and lack of follow-through. During her policy speech tabled in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature in March, Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana announced an amnesty period for motorists who incurred traffic fines between …


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