South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) urges all road users to prioritise safety this Easter weekend.
The weekend has hardly started but already at least 12 people have died in two horrific crashes in Limpopo and Kwa Zulu Natal. Five people died in a collision between a mini-bus taxi, a sedan and a truck on the N11 in Newcastle last night. Seven others perished after a truck and kombi collided head-on on the N1 in Modimolle in the early hours of this morning.
SATAWU urges all road users to exercise patience and caution and to comply with the rules of the road. Motorists are urged not drive under the influence, to put on seatbelts, unsure their cars are roadworthy and avoid texting while driving.
SATAWU calls upon transport companies to ensure the vehicles they handover to their employees are roadworthy and to allow drivers sufficient rest time prevent to devastating accidents. We also urge all transport workers on duty to observe the speed limit and to take regular rest breaks.
We also appeal to authorities to increase their visibility on the roads as this serves as a deterrent and forces road users to comply with the rules.
Let us all arrive alive this Easter.
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Zanele Sabela, SATAWU Media Officer, 011 403 2077, firstname.lastname@example.org