20 September 2022
The SACP in Mzala Nxumalo District, Moses Mabhida Province (KwaZulu-Natal) conveys its deepest condolences to the families of the 21 oPhongolo crash victims. On Friday, 16 September 2022, a truck crashed into and killed 19 school children and two adults who were travelling in a bakkie on the N2 in oPhongolo.
What happened is reported as an accident. We hold a different view. It was, as per the voice note attributed to the driver, a result of an illegal act of blocking a road, by five companies in an orchestrated act of economic sabotage. This must not be categorised as culpable killings as it is a case of murder.
The killings occurred amid calls and pleas, in particular for transport authorities, to ensure traffic control in oPhongolo, including by installing robots where the N2 passes through the town. These measures should cover all residential areas along the N2.
The plea fell on deaf ears. The MEC for transport in KwaZulu-Natal, Sipho Hlomuka, and the Minister of transport, Fikile Mbalula, should ensure the much-needed interventions, with immediate effect.
In the same vein, the MEC for education Mbali Frazer should put in place and enforce more effective regulations of learner transport. The fact that the bakkie (pick up) that was involved had 21 passengers deeply concerns us.
SACP Mzala Nxumalo District Secretary
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