Statement in the National Assembly by Hon Grace Tseke on the drunk driver that killed five joggers

The ANC welcomes the charges of culpable homicide and drunken driving brought against the motorist who crashed into six joggers in Midrand on 22 October 2011, killing five of them and injuring one of them. The driver rammed into the runners whilst they were preparing for next month`s Soweto Marathon. If he is convicted, the driver would face a minimum sentence of 15 years for each count, provided he was a first-time offender.

We support Minister Ndebele`s call that road users who disobey the rules of the road would face the consequences of their actions. The carnage on our roads must come to an end. Families and communities are bearing the brunt of drivers who intentionally violate road traffic rules and drive in a reckless manner resulting in deaths of loved ones. At least 20 000 drunk drivers have been arrested across South Africa over the past eleven months.

During this Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 to 2020, traffic law enforcement must be intensified without compromise and zero tolerance shown to those who are reckless on the road.

We would like to convey our condolences to the families and colleagues of the group of joggers who were killed in this horrific road crash in Midrand. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of sorrow.