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SATAWU PRESS RELEASE

We would like to shed light and put our view about bus accidents and plane crashes that have been happening of late.

As an organisation we are extremely concerned about the level of plane crashes that are happening. To that end SATAWU prepared a dossier on the operations of South African Civil Aviation Authority. There are worrying irregularities that SACAA has committed. Hence these plane crashes that are taking place. The Minister needs to clean up the SACAA so as to have an Authority that will indeed carry out its operations by the book, and regulate and not compromise the general public.

We support the move by Government to impound any busses that are defective. In fact the buses that are defective must not be allowed to operate if they have a record of fatal accident like Putco have done along Moloto Road. We as SATAWU have always and still are advocating for a publicly owned, reliable, safe public transport, as compared to privately owned transport, which in most cases compromise the safety of passengers by overloading, over working drivers and the use of defective buses.

Long distance bus drivers need to be more than one so that drivers are not over worked. Fatigue tends to catch up with drives as a result of tiredness. Bus companies must put safety first and profit later.

We hope all shall have a safe festive season.

For more information you may contact Zenzo Mahlangu (Acting General Secretary) 072 734 7825; Nelson Lamityi (Deputy General Secretary)079 4955 483 or Kenneth Monnana on 082 474 1605.

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