Spiros, the owners of the truck that was involved in an accident with a mini-bus taxi on 3 October 2014 between Volkrust and Standerton on R23 Road have yesterday [23 October 2014] donated R120 000 to the twelve families of the people who died in that crash.

Mpumalanga Department of Community, Safety, Security and Liaison representatives were part of the entourage that met with the representatives of the twelve bereaved families during the presentation of R10 000 to each of the twelve families.

All families, most residing in KwaZulu Natal [Newcastle] were transported to the scene of the accident for a short prayer before heading to Stan West Community Hall in Standerton where representatives of Spiros made their presentations.

Speaking on behalf of bereaved families, Thami Khumalo thanked government for the support they have given all the families since the accident occurred. He also appreciated the goodwill shown by Spiros for the donations to the families saying they did not expect anything from the truck company considering the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Spiros’ Advocate Hennie Keyter said they have come forward to donate to the families because they are also grieving with the families.

“We want to assure everyone that it is our responsibility as truck owners to ensure that our drivers are fit and have the right attitude to be on the road. This is the beginning; we are joining hands with government to deal with bad driver behavior on our roads. We will support all initiatives aimed at promoting road safety,” said Keyter.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the MEC Vusi Shongwe, Councilor Busisiwe Sikhonde of Lekwa Municipality said that traffic officers must not turn a blind eye on reckless and negligent driving.

“Traffic officers who take bribes from motorists must be taken out of the system, we need officers who love their job, who will arrest the drivers who think they can do as they please on our roads,” said Sikhonde. She added that Santaco must ensure that their drivers and vehicles are fit to be on the road and that drivers have proper documentation.

“It is the responsibility of each and every taxi or truck owner to teach their drivers road safety and the dangers of disobeying traffic rules,” she said. She further called on Eskom to look for alternative routes on roads where there are constructions in order to ease traffic flow so that accidents could be reduced.

The Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison will form a committee with all trucking companies in a bid to establish solutions in order to enhance road safety because of the crashes involving trucks result in many fatalities.