- MEC, you are fairly new in this department but have come at a time of violence that has taken to the streets and now arterial routes. I appreciate your report on the torching of trucks in your speech but more has to be done to reassure road commuters and the business community.
- The protocol or rules for public order policing is clear of when to use force.
- What has happened to the provisions of our Constitution on protests, being the right of groups or individuals but in a peaceful manner?
- Police need to use force when attempts to negotiate have failed and there is “reasonable ground”, to believe that damage to people or property cannot be averted through other actions.
- The traffic police needs co-ordination with SAPS to handle taxi or protestor violence.
- The damages causes’ loss of lives, livelihoods, businesses are at risk to close or relocate.
- As much as poverty, unemployment and inequality are huge and as a government, so much is done to socially protect our people but the losses on roads due to violence perpetuates poverty by having a direct cost to loss of productivity.
- Violent protests are a lose lose situation, HON.Members.
- It endangers road users, affects workers reaching workplaces; loss of productivity will only hurt our economy, HON. MEC. This must do in conjunction with all the labour efforts already undertaken.
- MEC, we have to tighten by-laws and road rules to keep our roads safe or we will cripple our Province economically.
- With these words the Minority Front supports this budget.
- Thank you
HON.S. Thakur- Rajbansi
Debated by: Hon. Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi
Minority Front Leader (KZN Legislature)
Date: Tue 8 May 2018
Time: 12:40 to 14:10