Ndebele launches Edendale’s millions worth bridge and boundary to save
Citing research conducted by the University of Natal’s accident research
centre on the unsafe conditions along the main Edendale Road, Mr Ndebele said:
"Even people using the road see it as unsafe – 46 percent of people
interviewed say this road is unsafe. That is why we have not only built a
bridge, but we also provided a barrier so that people would not cross the road.
Apparently, the previous boundaries that prevent pedestrians from crossing
the road at that particular spot have been vulnerable. That is why the
Department has now installed a stronger one that will survive man’s unending
inclination to temper with boundaries for his convenience.
Mr Ndebele lamented the fact that people tended to want to reach their
destination quicker even at the cost of their lives. He said it was suicidal to
cross the road where they were most likely to be knocked down by speeding
vehicles along the main road – inconveniencing the traffic flow, especially
the busy taxis.
He recalled: "Our statistics indicate that from the first of December,
2002 to the fifteenth January, 2003, 293 people died in KwaZulu Natal, and 1 467
people died in South Africa. Of those who died in KwaZulu Natal, 57 were
drivers. Hundred and six were passengers, but 130 of them were pedestrians.
"Throughout the country, more pedestrians were killed than drivers and
passengers. We have not concentrated on pedestrians. We are killing more
pedestrians on our roads and it has to come to an end.
"As a Department with a road safety education mandate to save lives, we
rightfully continue focussing on discouraging drivers from driving beyond the
speed limit, we say they must not drink and drive, and we punish them if they
do, but we have not been concentrating our efforts on combating drinking and
Mr Ndebele warned: "Our Road Traffic Inspectorate, together with
Municipal Police, must begin to arrest those pedestrians who avoid crossing
overhead bridges – that is, of crossing the road where it would be most unsafe
for him to do so."