TRANSPORT MINISTER UNVEILS RAF MOBILE OFFICES
By: Sthabiso Mdledle
Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters unveiled new mobile offices for the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to assist with claims in rural areas, at the Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha on
Peters was speaking during the World Remembrance Day which is held to remember millions killed and injured on the world’s roads.
This day is commemorated globally on the third Sunday of November every year as adopted by the United Nations.
“This is the first of its kind. It is innovation. This is a way of getting in particular those people we are worried about. Those people who are on the farms, in the small towns, in the
rural areas who we have not been able to get. This vehicle will get to them,” she said.
She added that the mobile office is a way of bringing a consoling and comforting hand to those who had been involved in accidents.
Ayanda Nomaqhiza (36), a taxi driver from Bizana in the Eastern Cape, said that these offices will go a long way in assisting people in his community who sometimes travel to the
big cities to get help from the RAF.
“People travel as far as Pretoria to get their accident claims processed. They borrow money from neighbors and the lawyers get a huge portion of their money. I really hope these mobile
offices will be helpful to our people and for people like us who are always on the road,” said Nomaqhiza.
He added that the government should invest in putting cameras on all the roads in the EC, because some people who are hit by cars (hit and run) are often sidelined by the RAF because
there is no proof of their injuries.
Minister Peters added that the RAF is currently using its office staff to run the mobile office and should the campaign be expanded, more out-of-office employees will be recruited.