As part of launching Transport Month, President Ramaphosa inspected a roadblock on Saturday and had a chat with motorists.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday morning took part in October Transport Month activities with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
Among other things, he donned his reflective gear to inspect a multidisciplinary road block and “interact with road users while conducting an anti-clockwise systematic vehicle inspection at N3 Heidelberg Weighbridge in Gauteng”.
It was clear from the reaction of some of the motorists that the last person they were expecting to see today was the president.
“However, we are also here today to acknowledge the tragic human and economic cost inflicted by collisions and other accidents along this freeway and roadways around our country.”
He said they had invited survivors of accidents and people who had experienced loss in their family or among colleagues due to accidents; he called on road users to improve their attitudes and behaviour.
“Safer roads do not begin with more police and greater enforcement.
“Safer roads begin with what we think, feel and do as we begin our journeys as pedestrians, drivers, passengers or cyclists.
“Safer roads begin with providing safe and comfortable transport for workers, instead of bundling large numbers of people on to the backs of exposed vehicles, in clear disregard of the value of life or in violation of our law.
“Safer roads begin with checking our vehicles and keeping them off the road if they are not roadworthy.
“Safer roads begin with understanding that no one owns the road, and that roads are stretches of infrastructure we share as citizens for our common benefit.
President President @CyrilRamaphosa has arrived at the Heidelberg Weighbridge in Heidelberg and is received by Gauteng Premier @David_Makhura ahead of the launch of #OTM2019 pic.twitter.com/a5KAX63a0z
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) October 5, 2019