LEPHALALE — Lephalale Sustainers and Activa8as (LSA) held a Road Safety Prayer session at Nelson Mandela Drive near the Medupi crossing on Saturday evening 8 April.
Pastors from different churches, members of LSA and the community affected by the high rate of road fatalities took a stand to speak out about bad behaviour on the road that usually gets motorists involved in unnecessary accidents.
Speakers highlighted their own bad road habits that were the cause of accidents that have unfortunately claimed lives of other motorists.
LSA Chairperson and co-organiser of the prayer session, Lesogo Geraldin Magoai, said the number of road fatalities in Lephalale is very alarming and they saw a need to invite spiritual intervention. He said their vision was to push forward a vibrant, prosperous, sustainable and growing Lephalale through extra ordinary community interactive development programmes.
Magoai said their priority was to look at statistics of road deaths, where the majority of affected people are youth.
“We want to bring the youth back to their senses so that they obey traffic rules.
In July 2016 we held our first ever prayer meeting and put crosses at corner Relebogile Street and Nelson Mandela Drive, near Exxaro robots. This is the first prayer meeting in 2017 and not the last” said Magoai.
LSA has observed that in most cases drinking and driving, fatigue and reckless driving are causes of fatal accidents.
In a statistically shocking presentation from Actom Wade Walker Safety Manager Marius Fourie, approximately 85 Medupi employees have died in car accidents in and around Lephalale to date.
Fourie pointed to problems that face motorists nationally as the same ones contributing to fatal accidents around Lephalale, such as not buckling up, not respecting road rules, speeding, drinking and driving, not paying attention and not resting every 200 km.
Attendants signed their names and pledged on the board, committing themselves to obeying traffic rules at all times.
Pastor Bonnywell Ramoroka led the prayer session with Malusi Nyaoze.
Ramoroka said Lephalale has been declared the city of God and therefore demons will fight by influencing people’s behaviour on the road.
Actom Wade Walker, Limpopo Traffic Office, EMS, Lephalale Municipality and other representatives were also present.
Meanwhile moments after the prayer session an accident involving a Toyota Tazz and VW Polo happened right in front of everyone.
The following day another accident involving three cars happened still on Nelson Mandela Drive, claiming the life of a 27 year old man.