DURBAN YOUTH SAYS NO TO DRINKING AND DRIVING
By: Sanelisiwe Ndlangamandla
EThekwini Municipality with the Bhuduza Business Enterprise (BEE) marched to the City Hall earlier today in a campaign against drinking and driving.
Bheko Sokhela of BBE said that statistics show blatantly that the youth is mostly affected by this problem.
“We have decided to take a stand as a youth because we are the ones that (indulge in) parties, drink hard and then hit the road,” said Sokhela.
The march ended at the Durban City Hall where there was an awareness session by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport and Road Accident Fund (RAF).
“We were invited so that we may talk to people and educate them about their rights if they’ve been involved in an accident,” said Lwazi Ndilo, spokesperson of the Road Accident Fund.
The campaign attracted a number of prominent people such as hip hop artists, poets, and dancers. Deejay Mzokoloko of Gagasi FM was the master of ceremonies (MC) of the day who emphasized the importance of the campaign.
“It is very important for me to be here especially because I’m a member of (the) community which is affected by this too and also the people who listen to my show have encountered these kinds of situations,” added Mzokoloko.
Mangosuthu University of Technology student, Quinton Savani, said that he is very grateful for the opportunity to perform at such an educational event.
“My father was involved in an accident just recently, there really is a need for events like these,” said Savani.
Although this was the first march, Sokhela said that it will be on going movement. “We want to see change on the Durban roads,” he added.