Drive to rid KZN roads of crocks

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Unroadworthy vehicles will be removed from KwaZulu-Natal roads this festive season as the province launches its mobile car brake-tester today.

Transport, community safety and liaison MEC Bheki Cele will launch the roadworthiness machine along with the province's holiday road safety plan at the Park Rynnie RTI premises on the N2 near Port Shepstone on the South Coast.

The machine is a muchawaited tool to reduce accidents during the festive season and beyond.

Just a day before the machine's unveiling 13 people were killed on the province's roads and 12 others were taken to the King Edward Hospital in a serious condition.

Six other people were killed in an accident involving two minibus taxis near Newlands East on Sunday night.

In another accident near Dalton in Durban two people were killed when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it over-turned on Sunday.

In KwaDukuza five people were killed and several others injured on the N2 highway when the driver tried to overtake and collided with another car on Sunday.

Cele said: "Our mandate is to save lives and to strive for an accident-free safe and healthy festive season."