Families must assist
to prevent further accidents - MEC
06 March 2012
In a desperate measure to reduce road
accidents, MEC Vusi Shongwe of the
Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security
and Liaison department calls for the
various religious and cultural groups to
perform rituals in order to calm down
the spate of accidents occurring in the
Among others, the rituals should include
praying and other ceremonies of the
different cultures of the diverse people
of South Africa.
“In order to prevent the escalation of
road accidents especially on same spots
where accidents had previously occurred,
families of the deceased must perform
these rituals at the scene of the
accidents as our elders use to do,” says
The MEC said that although it is not
everyone’s belief, however it is
important because that is when the
spirits of the dead are called to rest
in peace and ensuring that no further
accidents occur at those spots.
According to Shongwe, most accidents
usually occur on the same spots where
they previously occurred because the
spirits of the dead might still be at
the accident spots.
“That is why during our road safety
prayers, we invite different religious
groups even traditional healers to join
us to eliminate the bad spirits on those
accidents spots that are known as killer
roads,” said the MEC.
MEC Shongwe was speaking during an award
ceremony for five provincial drivers who
will be representing the country in the
International Driver of the Year
Competition to be held in North West in
August this year.
The drivers who will participate in the
International competition have been
selected from the pool of drivers who
won in 2010, 2011. They also included
other winners from previous years who
have been to International competitions.
Four of the drivers came first in the
Male bus, Articulated, Rigid + 4 wheel
and 3,5 ton categories while the fifth
one came third in the Rigid category.
The selection was done in the
competition known as “the Best of the
best” which was held at Boekenhoutskloof
Traffic College north of Pretoria on
16-17 February 2012.
The competition is aimed at encouraging
responsible driving to reduce accidents
on the roads.
Fifteen drivers from different provinces
including the five from Mpumalanga
province will participate in the
During his address, the MEC
congratulated the drivers saying they
must be ambassadors of road safety and
encouraged other drivers to be
responsible on the road.
He added that the drivers must take
pride for representing the province and
should make the province proud.
The drivers are; Simon Motsepe (Male bus
category), Paul Mananyetso (Articulated
category), William Ngwenya (Rigid + 4
wheel), Solly Ntuli (3, 5 ton category)
and Ellias Mosia (Rigid category).
Issued by Mpumalanga Community
Safety, Security and Liaison
Enquiries: Joseph Mabuza
Tel: 013 766 4055
Cell: 082 678 1450