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'Road carnage can't compete with HIV'

By Mckeed Kotlolo | Mar 17, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

TRANSPORT Minister Sbu Ndebele yesterday warned reckless drivers, speedsters and drunk drivers that they will be locked up and not granted bail.

Ndebele, pictured, said this when he visited the families of the nine commuters killed when the taxi they were travelling in lost control and plunged about 10metres down the railway bridge on the Mabopane Highway on Monday. He also visited the survivors of the same accident at Dr George Mukhari Hospital in GaRankuwa yesterday.

The Road Accident Fund chief executive Jacob Modise advised victims and the bereaved families on how to claim for compensation.

Ndebele described the latest road deaths as terrible, saying "we cannot have road carnage competing with HIV-Aids".

He said society was becoming aware of the risk of contracting HIV-Aids and the people were doing something about it while irresponsible driving continues to claim lives.

He said his department would intensify law enforcement and road patrols to ensure a reduction in road deaths.


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