PINETOWN CRASH BECOMES POLITICAL BATTLE
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
The Field’s Hill tragedy which killed 22 people has shifted in debates of who to blame and who should take full responsibility.
“The blood of those who died is on the hands of the MEC and his transport officials who refused to take the considered work of the Department of Transport: Durban, Road Traffic Inspectorate (Provincial Traffic Police), Business and community leaders seriously. The report, its findings and its recommendations were rejected summarily and 2 years of work ended immediately,” says the DA
Political parties have started pointing fingers at each other on how they reacted to the accedent.
“We believe that the DA is being so insensitive and irresponsible simply because the majority of the people who died in this accident were black and it just shows the contempt with which they treat black people,” says Deputy Speaker of the KZN Legislature, Mtholephi Mthimkhulu.
The battle between the DA and the ANC shifts the public focus on the incident at hand and focuses more on what the think should have happenned.
“Their comments confirm how out of touch the ANC is with reality. The MEC and others live in a different world and don’t give a damn about common people else they would not make that statement,” says Peter Newmarch
KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu sees these comments from the DA as a way for them to gain more votes.
“Even during this difficult time when the province is in mourning, the DA, true to its form, could not resist temptation to use this unfortunate moment for political breast-beating and political point-scoring,” said Mchunu.