Mbalula: "Using public transport is like going straight to the grave"

Mbalula: "Using public transport is like going straight to the grave"

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that using public transport in the country is essentially playing with death.

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Mbalula visited Limpopo to address traffic officials, amid the recent spate of deadly road crashes in that Province.

Police and the Road Traffic Management Corporation are investigating the circumstances which led to a minibus taxi colliding with a bus on Sunday, killing 24 people instantly.

According to the Transport Department, the vehicle was overloaded.

READ: 24 killed in Limpopo minibus crash

Mbalula says getting into any sort of public transport means you are playing with your life.

"You get into a taxi, you get into a minibus, you get into your bus all what you are getting into is going straight to the gravesite. Society does not take responsibility to say 'what am I getting myself into?'"

Mbalula says to win the war against road deaths individuals need to be sure of what kind of car they are getting into.

"(We must) ensure that the cars we drive are roadworthy and that those who drive us are abiding with the laws of the country. We cannot go on with lawlessness, undermining the law, and putting the lives of people at risk.

"As we speak, 24 and more people died on the road and even more elsewhere in the country on the spot and the majority of them are young people."

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Mbalula sent his condolences to the families of the deceased.

"I send my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones on the roads over this past weekend. Government, through RAF, stands ready to assist where needed."

According to the Road Traffic Managing Cooperation (RTMC), there have been 15 crashes and 44 fatalities in Limpopo of late alone.

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