CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape education department has demanded that drivers to be more vigilant on roads near schools.
GIVE KILLER DRIVERS THE HUMP: So far in 2014 Cape Town drivers have killed 55 children at or near schools. The city is trying but Wheels24 reckons humungous speed humps at every school will work. Image: Shutterstock
So far in 2014 (October) at least 55 small children have been knocked down and killed on Western Cape roads - such as this little guy:
A department statement reported: "At 7.38am on Friday August 8 a little boy called Inga Mtekwana was struck and killed on a pedestrian crossing at Nkazimlo Primary in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, on his way to school.
"Inga is not alone.... most of these children were little boys, just like Inga."
MEC Debbie Schafer visited the school and took part in "a long short walk" and pupil patrol demonstration conducted by the road safety management team to help roads near schools safer for children who walk to and from school.The department called for a change in behaviour and attitude towards road safety so that fewer laaities become road statistics. So does Wheels24 - get your act together, Cape Town, it could be your son or daughter next.
The department added: "Together with the department of transport and public work's 'Safely Home' campaign, we will continue to highlight the plight of child pedestrians on our roads, particularly in this month of October in which child pedestrian safety is the focus for the campaign."
Wheels24's suggestion: serious speed humps outside every school. Stop talking in committees, get out there with picks, shovels and tarmac.
Anybody got a better idea - no machine-gun nests please! Let's have them by email please.