Road haz­ard

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

LAST week’s ar­rest of cor­rupt li­cens­ing of­fi­cers, who have been pass­ing learner drivers with­out test­ing them, should be cel­e­brated.

In a coun­try where peo­ple sim­ply pur­chase driv­ing li­cences and get be­hind the wheel with­out any train­ing, the City of Joburg’s con­tin­ued purge of cor­rupt li­cens­ing of­fi­cers will send a strong mes­sage to those who al­low unfit drivers on our roads for a small fee.

Seventy-two of the of­fi­cials have been sus­pended while 15 have been ar­rested. Our courts should mete out pun­ish­ments that will send a strong mes­sage to other greedy of­fi­cials. The ac­tiv­i­ties have to be stopped be­cause th­ese are the drivers who dis­re­gard road rules and un­doubt­edly add to the high num­ber of peo­ple killed on our roads an­nu­ally.

Just this past fes­tive sea­son, 1 714 lives were lost in road crashes, and 82% of those were due to hu­man er­ror, ac­cord­ing to Trans­port Min­is­ter Dipuo Peters.

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