In his weekly letter to the nation, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said the nation had lost too many young citizens due to the negligence and lack of responsibility.
The head of the state made a statement expressing sadness over the death of Enoch Mpianzi, a Parktown Boys’ High School pupil who had drowned in an accident during school orientation.
“All of those young lives, and the lives of many others, need never have been lost. It seems to me that, as a society, we are failing our children,” Ramaphosa’s statement reads.
The national leader called for additional measures to ensure the safety of minors, so they can “grow up in nurturing and stimulating environment” with minimum threats. This relates to all aspects of life in society including road safety where deaths among children are still tragically common.
“We must feel this duty of care on the road. While we welcome the drop in road fatalities over this festive season, the grim reality is that over 1, 600 people died on our roads in just a month and a half. It is disturbing that over 9, 000 motorists were arrested for offences including drunk driving, speeding, and reckless and negligent driving,” the president concluded.