- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has clapped back at suggestions that he is only participating in road safety campaigns for clout
- The Minister is adamant that his department has engaged with countless motorists in a bid to ensure people are safe and sound this festive season
- Mbalula pointed out that citizens die during the silly season and that the work is aimed at limiting deaths
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has responded to claims that he was so heavily involved in road safety campaigns for the social media clout.
Mbalula has slammed the suggestion, adamant that his department has engaged with numerous motorists on the vital topic of safety during the festive season.
The campaign was only recently launched as a measure to help limit road accidents which could put hospitals under additional strain during the pandemic.
Mbalula's timeline has been buzzing with photos from the campaign in KwaZulu-Natal, highlighting police visibility as a critical tool in limiting road deaths.
One citizen had claimed that Mbalula was just in it for the attention, to which the Minister responded:
“We are on the roads and we’ve made several stops to engage people on road safety. People die on our roads, especially during this time. We won’t do anything because uLoveable on Twitter feels some Tupperware (type of way) [sic]."
Mbalula says that vehicles which are overloaded and not roadworthy will be impounded as an additional measure to reduce deaths:
“Heavy vehicles and all those that are overloaded in terms of weight will also be impounded. That is what we're doing on the roads all around the country ... I'm also encouraged by the positive response we are getting from motorists who really have heeded the call. A majority of them have ensured that they drive safely on the roads."
Visibility, drunk driving and vehicle roadworthiness are some of the key focuses of the campaign.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has warned that road safety campaigns are set to intensify.
Motorists travelling to holiday destinations can expect permanent roadblocks, with Mbalula commenting that:
"We are going to intensify the campaign. There will be permanent roadblocks in the hotspots."
The Minister recently joined Mpumalanga operations on the N4 just outside of Belfast in a bid to check motorist compliance.
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