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Motorcyclists transporting kids warned

The WC Transport MEC has issued a warning to those who transport kids on the back of motorbikes.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle on Wednesday warned parents who transport their children on the back of motorbikes.

This follows several incidents of adults spotted with small children on the back of their motorbikes.

In one photograph doing the rounds, a man can be seen with a young girl, who is not wearing a helmet, on the back of his motorbike.

Speaking to 567 CapeTalk, Carlisle said one case caught their attention.

"The one that has drawn a lot of attention is a very young girl hanging on to what looks like the back of her father's shirt or something like that. Her feet don't reach the pedals. She has no protective gear on at all. She is not secure on her seat."

He says they are looking for the culprit.

"It breaks about three considerations of the Road Traffic Act. We have a numberplate on that particular one and the city council traffic are hunting him down and he will be charged."

Carlisle, however, admits that police have a lot on their plate so most cases go unpunished.

"People do stupid things like that father did because they know they can mostly get away with these things. As long as the criminal justice system doesn't work in South Africa, then I'm afraid bad people and stupid people will do bad and stupid things."

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