“With yet another death of four people, including school children who were killed when they were hit by an out of control minibus taxi on Prince Mcwayizeni Drive near the Isipingo Reunion Station on Wednesday morning, it’s time to take severe action against negligent drivers, “said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala,MPL.

“All the talk of the past years has obviously not made any impression on the careless driving habits of some of our road users. Tourists and locals are at risk when they use our roads because of the carelessness of too many drivers.

More definitive measures need to be implemented; more severe repercussions are needed to deal with reckless behaviour. Speeding, going through a red light, using a cellphone and reckless overtaking should have consequences that make people think twice about breaking the law. Driving recklessly and being lucky enough not to kill someone is like firing a gun at someone and only injuring him. The shooter should not be rewarded for that good fortune with a mere slap on the wrist,” added Mr Gwala.

“Appropriate measures should be taken to make the society safe from unnecessary car accidents, and the best way to do that is to increase the severity of the punishment for reckless driving. The deaths just do not stop. How much longer are we going to let this happen?. The IFP calls for a nationwide year-long campaign focused on, amongst others things, public transport vehicles, and reckless driving. On behalf of the IFP, I would like to send our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery, “concluded Mr Gwala.