The New National Party and the Democratic Alliance want the current road safety policies to be reviewed, adding that it was necessary to have more than just slogans to save lives.
The New National Party and the Democratic Alliance want the current road safety policies to be reviewed, saying it was necessary to have more than just slogans to save lives.
The holiday death toll increased to 1 255 on Tuesday.
reports that NNP media director Adriaan van Jaarsveld said transport minister Dullah Omar must review the country’s road safety policies. "We need more than slogans to save thousands of people who die annually. We need action, enforcement and active participation by motorists to find these solutions," he said.
The DA is also calling for Omar’s resignation. DA transport spokesman Stuart Farrow said new ideas were necessary. "He has run out of new ideas and now has a choice: he either comes up with new ideas about road safety or he admits his failure and makes way for someone else."
But Van Jaarsveld said the DA's call for Omar's resignation was not the answer to making the country's roads safer. He said traffic authorities need reliable information to find the answer to curbing the high road death toll.
"We need this before we can discuss solutions," he said. Van Jaarsveld said it was important to introduce the demerit system as soon as possible.
Omar said in a statement that the DA’s call for his resignation was just “cheap party politicking”.
“The DP is engaging in cheap party politicking and propaganda in what is a serious matter of life and death for all South Africans. In parliamentary committees, parties (including the DP) were fully and thoroughly briefed of the government road safety programme. The DP made no criticism, let alone any proposal.
“Even now there is no constructive criticism and no proposal. The minister will as always take note of all constructive criticism and suggestions, because there is always room to improve,” the statement read.
Omar said he would meet the Road Safety Board early in February. They would review all road safety programmes and advise the minister on other measures to address problems on the road.