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Letter of condolence to the Chabane family, Minister Peters and Government on the passing on of Minister Collins Chabane in a road traffic crash

Media Releasefrom the Global Road Safety Partneship South Africa (GRSP ZA)

17 March 2015

The Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa (GRSP ZA) would like to extend their condolences to the Chabane family, the Minister of Transport; Honourable Minister Dipuo Peters and the Government on the passing on of the Minister of Public Service and Administration; Honourable Minister Collins Chabane in a car crash on the morning of 15 March 2015. We also express our sincere condolences to the families of the two security details, Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane who passed on together with Minister Chabane. This is indeed a sad and difficult moment for the country.

The Minister’s death brings into sharp relief our poor road safety record as a country and is a stark reminder to all of us of the amount of work that still needs to be done in making our roads safer for all. One is indeed reminded of the death of another prominent member of society, the then Deputy Minister of Health; Dr Molefi Sefularo who passed on in similar tragic circumstances on 5 April 2010.

However, instead of despairing; the death of Honourable Chabane should spur us all (government, civil society and corporates) to redouble our efforts. This is a wake-up call for us all to join hands to fight the scourge of road traffic-related trauma. We therefore would like to reiterate our fundamental belief that a multi-sectoral approach is the best way to fight the blight of road traffic crashes, and stand ready as always to partner with any and all stakeholders who are ready to join us in this fight. It is a sad state affairs that we lose on average 40 people per day as a result of road traffic crashes when the causes of such crashes are well known. We just cannot continue at this rate and pretend as if things are normal. Admittedly, reducing these appalling road crash figures is not going to be easy. However, the least we can do is try.






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