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Mon Oct 20 13:23:15 SAST 2014

God help us drive safely

Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, by e-mail, Piwe Mkhize, by e-mail | 27 November, 2011 01:25

RECENTLY the minister of transport was chastised for calling for a day of prayer in view of the carnage on our roads, "Who, pray, can take Sbu seriously?" (November 20). While I hold no brief for the minister, I believe that an approach that seeks to tap into our spiritual resources as part of the total search for solutions to the unacceptable deaths on our roads must be supported by all of us who believe in a higher being.

While I agree that our prayers indeed need to be supported by our deeds, it is equally true that without seeking guidance from our spiritual resources we risk falling short of our wishes. Our human interventions in the form of laws and infrastructure developments will always be important to curtail the high level of deaths that we see on our roads, especially during this time of the year.

These interventions, however, must be undergirded by a value system that brings to life the scriptural prescription of "loving our neighbours as we do ourselves". The total collapse of our value system as a society is a worrisome issue. It is an established fact that there are a lot of drivers with fake licences. Blame should be laid at the doors of those officials who take bribes and thereby unleash unlicensed drivers on our roads.

The resultant deaths are blood on the hands of these officials and those using these fake licences. This is a moral and a value system issue, and therefore a call appealing to the conscience can't be dismissed. - Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, by e-mail

I ENJOY Redi Tlhabi's column because she is daring. But I had a problem with her criticism of using prayer gatherings as a road safety education strategy. Minister Sibusiso Ndebele's father, who was a Christian missionary, must be smiling in his grave when he sees his son using the church to empower God's people. Ndebele started the siyabakhumbula (we remember them) campaign to pray for the souls of those who died on the road.

When addressing religious gatherings, Ndebele - who went through a personal baptism of fire when he lost one of his children to road carnage just before he was appointed KZN MEC for transport - often said it is the living who close the eyes of the dead, but it is the dead who open the eyes of the living to the harsh realities as their loved ones die due to road crashes. - Piwe Mkhize, by e-mail

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