South Africa’s forgotten killer
About 18 000 people die on South African roads each year, and 150 000 others are injured. South African roads are our forgotten killer.
The International Transport Report Forum Annual Road Safety 2013 Report rated South Africa worst in terms of road fatalities out of 36 countries worldwide. The World Health Organisation concurs with its research showing that African roads are the most dangerous and within Africa, Nigeria and South Africa have the highest number of road fatalities.
The “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims” on the 3rd Sunday in November allows relatives of victims of road crashes the opportunity to commemorate the life of their loved one and to give testimony to the burden, both psychological and financial, of their loss. It also is an opportunity to thank the paramedics, Traffic Officers and Doctors who look after the victims.
With the large percentage of South Africans grieving for a loved one lost in a road crash, this day has particular significance. South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD), a charity working for improved road safety in South Africa, is part of the Global Alliance of NGO’s advocating for Road Safety and Road Crash Victims. Caro Smit, director and founder of the organisation, and mother of Chas Smit killed in 2005, says that the occasion is both cathartic for families and helps to send a powerful message to the government about the large scale impact of the road safety situation in the country. This year SADD is asking for relatives of victims of road crashes to send t-shirts with the image of their loved one to the organisation. These will be used at their World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims event to highlight our unacceptable road carnage.
We can only hope the government listens to the voices of its many citizens whose lives have been changed forever due to a road crash. We say #SayNo2RdCarnage.
Please send your t-shirt by the 15th of November 2015 to:
59 Francis Staniland Drive