Hardly six hours after Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi released Easter road traffic fatalities last Friday and announced measures to curb road deaths, 20 people were killed in a crash in Bronkhorstspruit on the Groblersdal road. A minibus taxi and a truck collided and burst into flames. Most of the victims were burnt beyond recognition and DNA will be used to identify the victims. Trucks, taxis, buses and vehicles are often speeding on that road, leaving little room for drivers to manoeuvre to escape oncoming danger. The government has established a committee to provide counselling and other assistance to families of the dead, who include 19 scholars and an adult. The inevitable questions are when and how will public transport operators and motorists heed the call to prioritise road safety and when will traffic authorities implement the legislation that will transform the attitudes of transgressors and arrest the rising trend of traffic deaths and injuries? The UN Decade of Actio...

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