Concern at high number of road deaths

Transport Minister says collective responsibility needs to be taken regarding road safety.

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters. Picture:GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has expressed concern about the number of deaths on South Africa's roads in the last week.

Department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso says a collective responsibility needs to be taken regarding safety.

"It's the minister's view that moving forward there's a need for everyone to take collective responsibility with regards to safety on our roads."

Acting KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has called for strong action to stop lives being lost on the roads.

The premier's spokesperson Muntu Lukhozi said people are simply not adhering to road laws.

"You can put all the laws in place, but people who are still using the roads are not adhering to them."

Police say a 23-year-old truck driver arrested for allegedly causing a deadly accident in Pinetown last week has been arrested.

He faces charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving.

A total of 27 people were killed and 30 more injured when the truck ploughed through four taxis and a car.

Dramatic footage of the Pinetown accident shows the accident happening after the truck skipped a red traffic light.

Another 10 people died in the province last weekend while returning from the annual reed dance ceremony in a bus.

The victims were laid to rest in KwaHlongwa area on Saturday.

Eight young girls and two caretakers were among the victims, while 60 others were injured.

In Magaliesburg, Six people were killed in a head-on collision at the weekend.

In another truck collision on the East Rand, four lives were lost while six others are in critical condition.

Lukhozi said drivers need to change their attitudes.

"It's not so much about the roads. It has to do with the people who are using the roads. That is what it boils down to. People need to adhere to the road signs."