Vehicles burn at Malagwane Hill, Swaziland A horrific road accident in the southern African kingdom of Swaziland has thrown the spotlight on road safety. As 20 cars burned in a massive pile up caused by a brake failure on a truck, the Swazi Transport a …

Swazi road accident

Vehicles burn at Malagwane Hill, Swaziland

A horrific road accident in the southern African kingdom of Swaziland has thrown the spotlight on road safety. As 20 cars burned in a massive pile up caused by a brake failure on a truck, the Swazi Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (STAWU) calls on government to regulate the trucking industry.

Road Accidents – Trucking Sector

STAWU is deeply concerned about the string of accidents that periodically subsist especially in the trucking sector. Foremost we wish to strongly reiterate the Swaziland road safety stakeholders’ alliance position in calling for accidents free roads in Swaziland. A latest horrific incident occurred last night wherein Swaziland lost countless valued number of lives on the spot coupled with widespread severe human injuries and property losses. See www.times.co.sz and www.observer.org.sz

It is our provisional finding in that these accidents in particular to those that connect to the Ngwenya ion ore operation amounts to and or are as a summation of responsibility failure and or that may translate to purposeful ‘abrogated’ authority to certain legally empowered persons and or portfolios to ensure responsibility adherence concurrently with operational compliance. It is unfortunately shameful that casualties occasioned as a resultant of such failure comes at irreparable human cost.

STAWU continues to commits to ensuring that responsibility is shouldered by those involved to enable adequate proactive operational measures with regards to roads safety.

Sticks Nkambule STAWU Industrial Relations Officer noted ‘’These accidents are largely operational perpetuated. And such appears in gross violation of a wide range of statutes with impunity. Death gravity of a single member of ours through manmade and or perpetuated circumstances shall not be tolerated. For we (STAWU, Employers and Government) long enabled proper legislative framework that possesses full ability to zero down road accidents that may be operational related’’.

Wherefore STAWU implore all stakeholders concerned to commit to practical and decisive action with regards to accidents rooted on what we deem as avertable human error. In the same vein we shall further our ongoing talks with our partners located in this sector for and with the intention to completely rid road accidents that points towards failure of responsibility and absence of proactive endeavors.

Vusie Mabuza STAWU President General remarked ‘’We pass our profound condolences to all members, partners and Swaziland citizens in general that have been directly or indirectly affected in yesterday’s unfortunate tragedy. We extend our solemn prayers for the Almighty God to provide apt comfort during such sorrowful spell.’’


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