Sharon Hoosen, MPL – DA KZN Spokesperson on Transport
The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by reports that as many as 72 children have been injured after the school bus they were travelling in earlier today overturned at Centocow, near Underberg.
According to reports, the injured children have been transported to a local hospital while a critically injured patient was airlifted to another hospital by a private medical helicopter.
The DA conveys its sincere condolences to the young children who had to experience such a horrific ordeal. We also wish those who were injured a speedy recovery.
We remain deeply concerned by the high number of accidents involving public transport in our province. It is the mandate of the province’s Department of Transport (DoT) and it’s MEC, Mxolisi Kaunda, to ensure that KZN’s road users are safe as far as possible. This includes checking the roadworthiness of vehicles, rooting out unlicensed drivers and enforcing the law when it comes to reckless driving. Based on the excessive number of incidents that take place in our province this is clearly not happening.
The DA expects MEC Kaunda and his Department to fully investigate the cause of this morning’s horrific incident and to report back to the province’s Transport portfolio committee.
We remain committed to monitoring the outcome of this probe. The lives of KZN’s road users – and in particular those who are forced to rely on public transport – can no longer be placed at risk on a daily basis.