Roads to rail: Mbalula says transportation of goods must change

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula says that the movement of goods needs to go back to the railway.

Minister says the move will ease the pressure of trucks on the roads

Mbalula believes that this will ease the pressure of trucks on South Africa's roads. The Minister was speaking in Pongola at the scene of the horrific crash between a truck and bakkie. The head-on collision took the lives of 20 people - including 18 school children last week Friday.

On Thursday, 22 September, Mbalula released a report about the recklessness of the 28-year-old truck driver who will be facing multiple charges of culpable homicide in court.

The movement from road to rail has become 'urgent and necessary'

The Minister stated that Government needs to implement road safety measures and how they are now looking at moving goods transportation from the road to rail. "And the government needs to do its job by implementing road safety measures, including law enforcement. "And our policy of moving them from the road to rail in terms of transportation of goods has become urgent and necessary - between the Department of Transport and the Department of Public Enterprises," said Mbalula.

EWN reports that rail services are facing vandalism and looting so it's currently uncertain when the move from road to rail will become a reality.

Pongola accident: Mass funeral to be held for deceased

Minister Mbalula stated that the 18 school children and two adults who died in the accident will be buried in a mass funeral on Saturday, 24 September. 

During the media briefing at the site of the accident, Mbalula stated that preliminary investigations point to reckless driving on the part of 28-year-old Sibusiso Siyaya - the driver of the truck.

"The report found that the driver of the articulated truck overtook multiple vehicles where this action was prohibited by no overtaking lanes, in a dangerous and unlawful manner," said Mbalula. Read the full story here.