One person was killed and two seriously injured when an Uno and bus collided on the infamous road of death. Photo: Netcare 911.
The investigation into the fatal accident on Moloto road last week, should be allowed to take its course before blame could be apportioned, the Gauteng roads and transport department has said.
“We don’t know what caused the accident. Let’s wait for the people investigating to complete their work,” roads and transport department spokesperson Theo Nkonki told Rekord.
He said that the rule of law should take its course, should anyone be found to have been negligent.
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“We also convey our condolences to the family and friends of the teenager who passed away and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured,” Nkonki said.
This comes a week after Gauteng DA roads and transport spokesperson Janho Engelbrecht pinned the blame on department MEC Jacob Mamabolo saying he was “dragging his feet in implementing a decision regarding the Moloto road upgrades despite that people are dying almost every month on this deadly road”.
The accident occurred along the infamous road in the Kameeldrift area between a Fiat Uno and a Putco bus.
A mother and daughter were also critically injured.
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“This unnecessary carnage could have been avoided had the MEC taken action,” Engelbrecht claimed.
In a June statement, Engelbrecht claimed the MEC misled the public about his department prioritising the Moloto road upgrades and that the lack of “action” by the MEC showed he “did not recognise the urgent need for this road to be upgraded”.
“He doesn’t care about the lives of our people that have been lost on this road,” Engelbrecht said recently, adding that Moloto was “the most dangerous road in the country an has the highest number of recorded crashes”.
Earlier this month, Mamabolo denied allegations that he was “dragging his feet” and that he had “misled” the public.
“We deny the insinuations that we are delaying the rehabilitation and upgrades to the Moloto road,” he said.
He also said he was speaking to Rekord from a strategic planning meeting discussing the province’s road network and that the plans for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the road were in the “early stages”.
“I will make an announcement at the appropriate time,” he said.
Last month, Sanral announced it was completing “several mega projects” which included upgrades to the Mpumalanga and Limpopo roads.
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Mamabolo said R5,7 billion was budgeted for the upgrade of the entire Moloto road network in Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the current financial year.
Moloto road traverses the two provinces.
According to Engelbrecht, Mamabolo had, in a previous statement, also said: “It is important for me to get a real sense of work that has been done in expanding and upgrading the road network to support economic growth in our province”.
After Mamabolo met the senior management in his department, he had announced that the rehabilitation and upgrades to the Johannesburg/Vereeniging – K57 (R82), William Nicol K46, Moloto K139, Woodmead/Atteridgeville K71 (R55) roads were planned.
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