Mbalula said a social compact would underpin the ministry’s agenda of accelerated service delivery and define the role of civil society in ensuring road safety.
He said that was part of efforts to ensure that traffic policing became a 24/7 activity. “We’re engaging with all traffic authorities and traffic officers through relevant channels to ensure that the implementation of this intervention doesn’t negatively affect conditions of service of our officers.”
This comes in the wake of a number of crashes, each with multiple fatalities, in the Western Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, since Thursday.
“We must all appreciate that safety on our roads is a collective responsibility we must all shoulder. Each of us must be able to define our individual contribution to making our roads safer for our children and future generations. This starts with changing behaviour that places the lives of other road users at risk,” he said. He added that his department had taken tangible steps towards curbing the carnage.