'buses are mobile coffins'

KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Bheki Cele has labelled national bus operator SA Roadlink a "killing machine" and "a coffin on wheels".

KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Bheki Cele has labelled national bus operator SA Roadlink a "killing machine" and "a coffin on wheels".

He was addressing journalists at the department's headquarters in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

He said it was his duty to help provide a transport system that was safe, affordable, efficient and effective.

"As government, we shall continue to act decisively on matters that are in the interest of the public that we serve. Our legislative mandate is to ensure the safety of our citizens in the province," Cele said.

He vowed that he would not stand by idly as commuters' lives were being jeopardised.

"There has been a public outcry on this matter and as the government we cannot fold our arms while the safety of our commuters is being compromised in the interest of companies making profit."

Cele confirmed that a court case pending between himself and the operator had been withdrawn.

The case was due to resume in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday, but Cele decided to withdraw the moratorium imposed on Roadlink, which led to the withdrawal of the case by the bus operator.

"Although I feel that the decision which I had taken was justified . I have heeded the judge's view and decided to err on the side of caution and withdraw the moratorium," said Cele. - Sapa

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