Chiefs on the safe lane

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

A road safety show by the KwaZulu-Natal department of transport and Kaizer Chiefs brought back some sad memories for some of the club's players, who shed tears in Claremont, outside Durban, yesterday.

Video clippings of road accidents that have occurred in the province were flighted. Jimmy Tau, in particular, was one player who failed to hold back tears as emotions overwhelmed him.

Other players, including Shaun Bartlett and Itumeleng Khune, were also emotional about some of the accidents.

An emotional Chiefs captain, Cyril Nzama, said: "The video has touched us dearly because most of us have lost relatives who were close to our hearts.

"The last time I was here, I spoke of the untimely death of Gift Leremi. Leremi had a dream of playing for the national team in 2010, but it ended just like that - a dream."

Tau, a close friend of Leremi, said it was important that people fastened their seatbelts, and urged pedestrians to wear bright colours at night.

Provincial MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Bheki Cele said November was Pedestrian Month, so it was important that road users obeyed the rules of the road.

"You must remember that you have only one life, so it is worth living. Make sure that you don't cross on the freeway and you always fasten your seatbelts."

Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung said soccer supporters were vital to a team like Kaizer Chiefs because of the role they played in making the team one of the biggest in the country.

"We need you to come to the stadiums, so we value your lives and you should value your lives as well by doing the right thing.

"Even among the players at Chiefs, we have speedsters, but we always advise them about the importance of keeping to the speed limit," said Motaung.

The department has in the past engaged teams such as AmaZulu, Lamontville Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United to popularise messages about road safety.