For Immediate Release
08th July 2022
SATAWU ACKNOWLEDGES THE REPORT BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT COROPERATION AND MINISTER OF TRANSPORT
The South African Transport and Allied workers Union (SATAWU) acknowledges the report by the Minister of Transport Mr Mbalula and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on the Tshwane bus crash that killed 15 people and left 37 people injured. SATAWU called for a thorough investigations on what could have led to the accident, and we called on authorities to make sure that if there is anyone at fault or responsible, they should be held accountable and face the law.
The report by the Minister states that both drivers had valid South African Driving Licenses and both vehicles were roadworthy, we are actually happy with these findings as it was previously reported that the truck driver did not have proper documents to be on the road.
In the report, the findings are, the truck driver veered from his lane resulting to the head-on collision. Road crashes are a huge concern to us, as we are expected to protect our people on the roads. SATAWU still can not imagine what these families are going through as they lost their loved ones and breadwinners. We urge our drivers to be cautious on the roads to avoid such horror crashes in the future. We would also like to call on companies to make sure that they hire eligible drivers. Should a company be found to have hired someone not eligible we call for government to shut down such company as they do not have our people’s interests at heart.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union wishes to send its heartfelt condolences to all the affected families.
Issued by SATAWU