Human sacrifice on the roads

2013-04-24 12:34

DURBAN - Eight schoolchildren died when their bus driver "lost control of the vehicle" and it overturned on the R66 between Ulundi and Kwaceza.

Five more youngsters had critical injuries and a further 20 minor injuries after the crash on Tuesday evening as the bus was taking the children, from Richards Bay, to Kwaceza.


The report did not say if the driver survived.

"Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started," a spokesman told the media.

Wheels24 says: OK, now go back to the first paragraph. EIGHT! Eight kids dead and the usual euphemism deployed by the authorities: "The driver lost control and the vehicle overturned." Is there a song-sheet that ANC officials read from in such a circumstance, as if the bus/truck/taxi had a will of its own, barely restrained by a human and a steering-wheel?

We've said it before: here it is again: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ROAD 'ACCIDENT'. Can road traffic officials (and sub-editors on Sapa and the news media who should know better!) please stop the parrot-speak and tell it like it is. Such events are "crashes" and they're caused by bad, careless, stupid, ignorant drivers doing something seriously wrong.

The blame for this lies with the ruling party and its officials which/who either refuse or are simply too lazy to do anything about driving standards other than mouth platitudes and "visit the parents and the school". Here's scary: Half of all drivers on South African roads have not passed a driving test or do not possess a legal driving licence; thousands of minibus taxis are death traps; their drivers are not required to have a public service driving licence, which should be tough to get.

And all of this, in our view, because the ANC does not wish to alienate a large bloc of the very people who, for whatever reason, voted it into power.

And for which eight more youngsters have paid the ultimate price.


  • Skhumbuzo Khumalo - 2013-04-24 13:16

    There is everything wrong with this article; for a motoring site it is now reduced to ANC bashing which is not surprising seeing that it belongs to Media 24 group. 1. You identify a Traffic dept official as a ANC official as if he was voted into the position not appointed based on his or her competency. Then you go onto state about half of drivers have no valid licences. Do you know how many drivers there in RSA? I doubt. What credible investigation did you undertake to arriv at your 50% estimation? None. Then lastly you say Govt doesnt have the willingness to stop this road carnage because it will cause its voters to be unhappy. By your assumption from that statement it is black people (ANC voters) who cause accidents and they drive without licences. You as a FF or DA voter are perfect; you didnt buy your licence and dont break rules of the road. Is this still a motoring site? I doubt but remember there are many motoring sites: autocar, motortrend, caranddriver, topgear, carmagazine.co.uk - those guys dont meddle in party politics - they drive at least a car a week.

  • Jango Za - 2013-04-24 13:28

    Terrible loss, my thoughts are with the affected families. We can expect to see a cop with mobile-camera on the R66 shortly. There should also be budget approval for a fixed camera position soon. All standard local-government initiatives to deal with these challenges. More cameras, more bloat in the citizen-extortion coffers, the deaths on our roads remain.

  • Nathi Olifant - 2013-04-24 17:39

    why does a motoring website pander on party politics is beyond me. I'm sure even your motorist scribes have overturned test vehicles, isnt that an accident? Is the ANC to blame when a car somewhere overturns. I open this website to read motoring news and if i want politics i know which websotes to visit. We may never know what happened here and I'm sure the authorities that were there first on the scene must have been traffic cops. Are they ANC officials, I doubt. Please give us motoring news.

      Jason Eye - 2013-04-24 19:23

      I don't get it either. it's pathetic

  • Jason Eye - 2013-04-24 19:22

    Dear Author. You are an idiot. And it is DISGUSTING that you would use a tragedy to play cheap party politics. Your political references don't even make sense. This is utter rubbish. And the fact that news24 would even publish this, shows just how useless they have become

      Sylvanus Demented du Plessis - 2013-04-25 06:06


      Vuyani Valashiya - 2013-04-28 20:25

      You can say that again.

  • Klaus Walter - 2013-04-24 21:32

    Everything written in this article is valid. The politicization is correct. If those accidents, with there know causes, of government not caring and stupidity of officials, would happen in my homeland Germany, the government would be kicked out.

      Zwelibanzi Ndlovu - 2013-04-25 01:03

      Then go back to Germany.

  • Michael Demesmaeker - 2013-04-25 11:13

    A huge part of this also comes down to un-roadworthy vehicles no matter what! You can have Michael Schumacher driving that bus but if the steering wheel comes off in his hands around a bend, a crash is gonna happen.. The fact that some of these drivers are also probably shop bought licences or no licence at all, also doesn't help the case..

  • Kay Carakas - 2013-04-27 15:57

    Problem is that cops just want to collect bribes and eat KFC on the roadside. Metro wants people to speed so that their bank balance gets bigger. They don't stop cars DAILY and check tyres/ road worthiness/ licenses etc. If cops started doing their jobs properly we could reduce this carnage!

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