Deadly roads must be cleansed: Sanco

Sanco says the rise in road deaths calls for a cleansing ceremony at the country's major roads.

Traditional health practitioners, pictured on 12 May 2011, conduct a traditional ceremony. Picture: SAPA stringer

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Friday said the rise in the number of road deaths called for a cleansing ceremony at the country's major roads.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) radio news on Friday reported that President Jacob Zuma suggested a national cleansing ceremony be held to restore moral values in the country.

According to the report, Zuma said it was important to have such a ceremony in the wake of incidents such as the Marikana shooting in August, political assassinations and the country's rape crisis.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) announced this week that 1, 068 people had lost their lives in road accidents between 1 - 25 December.

Sanco said church and traditional leaders should work together and organise a cleansing prayer at some of the country's major roads.

The organisation's spokesperson, Dumisani Mthalane, said it was important that people anointed with powers to communicate with the spirits cleansed roads across the country so that bad luck could be restricted.

Meanwhile, RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail has urged motorists to be patient on the roads as traffic volumes are expected to peak at the weekend.