… the country’s death toll equates to one Jumbo Jet crashing and killing 1 200 people every month.
Government should strengthen law enforcement on the country’s roads if the country is to realise tangible results regarding road safety.
Research by transport experts has found that many South Africans believe that law enforcement was not strict enough, which is why the country has the dubious honour of being among the world’s highest in terms of road deaths.
South Africa has one of the world’s poorest road safety records – ±31.9 fatalities/100 000 people while comparable developing countries have a much lower fatality rate (#SATC2017)
This is despite the country having the best-developed road network in Africa.
“There is just not enough being done to enforce the laws in this country. The laws are there but people flaunt them with impunity leading to the loss of thousands of innocent lives,” said George Molotsane, at the conference.
“There is just not enough presence of traffic officers on our roads. That, coupled with the perception that many road users are able to get away with murder in a law enforcement process fraught with bribery and corruption makes matters worse.”
Molotsane’s sentiments were shared by several presenters during the conference and the agreement was that among the South African public there generally was low perceived levels of enforcement of traffic laws.
According to a road-safety survey conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), South African roads are among the world’s most dangerous
The study measured deaths per 100 000 of the population and South Africa were ranked 177 out of 182 of all countries investigated, keeping company with Iran, Nigeria, Thailand, Venezuela and The Dominican Republic. Placing these figures into perspective, the South African Road Federation (SARF) says the country’s death toll equates to one Jumbo Jet crashing and killing ±1 200 people every month.
SARF also feels that what is required is determined political leadership and much stricter law enforcement.
“People want more and better traffic officers, stricter law enforcement and that corruption within the system needed to be eliminated,” said Goodman Mpofu.
See figure below: (State of Transport Opinion Poll South Africa – TOPSA) on law enforcement