PRESS RELEASE: Owners of unroadworthy public transport vehicles are the main culprits for road fatalities
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) receives with mixed feelings the news that Mr Sisa Nonama, the bus driver of an unroadworthy Nondoda Luxury Coach responsible for the death of 23 people in an accident that occurred in May 2010, has pleaded guilty to 23 counts of culpable homicide. The bus was at the time of the accident travelling from the Eastern Cape to Cape Town.
The UDM agrees with the fact that this is a victory for road safety, and sends a clear message to bus and public transport operators that road safety is not negotiable. We also appreciate the remorse shown by the bus driver for the unnecessary loss of lives.
However, we are concerned that the bus owner has taken no responsibility for allowing an unroadworthy vehicle that had a number of faults ranging from brake problems, poorly insulated wiring to malfunctioning lights, to operate on our roads.
The UDM believes that it is about time the owners of unroadworthy public transport vehicles, the main culprits behind road fatalities, are brought to book for unroadworthy vehicles. Allowing the drivers to be fall guys for road fatalities is extremely unfair.
Statement issued by:
Mr SZ Ntapane, MP
UDM Chief Whip
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