- As the last few holidaymakers head home, the roads are becoming peaceful once more
- But Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula isn't satisfied with the nation's motorists
- The politician has blasted those who fail to use safety belts, adamant that this saves lives
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has scolded those in Mzansi who fail to make use of their safety belts.
Mbalula recently joined in at Gauteng's De Hoek Toll Plaza where road safety operations took place:
"Cars, that include minibusses, have been discontinued. And we still have a problem with people who do not fasten safety belts. You can see the terrible crashes that have happened in KwaZulu-Natal and part of Gauteng, where more than seven people have actually died. Among other reasons, this is a result of road users and passengers not obeying the rules, fasten the seat belt! Should your minibus get into an accident, you are safe."
The operation saw 27 vehicles taken off the roads as South Africans head home from their festive season holidays.
READ ALSO: Mbalula says fewer citizens have died on the roads this festive season
With high volumes of traffic recorded over the past weekend as Jozi residents return, Mbalula was alarmed at how relaxed some had been when it came to their own safety:
"We still have a problem with people who do not fasten safety belts. Safety belts minimise fatalities and injuries."
Briefly.co.za reported that the minister had announced a decline in both the number of fatalities and arrests made over the busy Christmas period.
An increase in police presence and a focus on road safety were lauded as contributors to making the roads less hazardous for South Africans this year.
Nevertheless, law enforcement remains on high alert, ensuring citizens adhere to traffic laws, reports eNCA.
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