JOHANNESBURG Jan 2 Sapa
SAFETY MEC CONDEMNS DRAG RACING
"Our roads are not a racecourse. For those that want to race, they must make use of places such as Kyalami, not our public roads," said Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko on Wednesday.
Her reaction followed an accident which left five people dead and three others seriously injured in an alleged drag racing crash in Kagiso, West Rand.
A 78-year-old pedestrian and four young people in a bakkie were killed when the driver lost control of the vehicle on Sebenzisa Street on Tuesday.
The bakkie was apparently racing a car. The bakkie knocked down and killed Nko Motshwane, who was walking to a local cemetery with his daughter.
Motshwane was cut in half by the impact. The second car fled the scene.
Mazibuko said innocent road users continued to lose their lives due to illegal drag racing activities in the province.
"We cannot be losing loved ones due to speeding, reckless and negligent driving," said Mazibuko.
"Drag racing in particular is unacceptable in our society. We trust that justice will take its course."
The justice department had already set precedence on drag racing and recognised the act as a serious criminal offence.
Police were investigating a case of culpable homicide.