Transport minister lays down the law

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Transport Minister Dipuo Peters (L) and Director-General in the Department of Transport Pule Selepe (R) during a Pre-Budget Vote media briefing at the Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town on 5 May 2015.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters says South Africans need to change their behaviour on the road.

More than 1,700 people died over the festive season, a five percent increase over the previous year.

That’s more than 340 a week and nearly 50 lives a day.

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Peters says many of the accidents were as a result of motorists flouting the rules.

The minister visited Hope Restoration Ministries in Johannesburg on Sunday in a drive to get the church to help spread the word on road safety.

“South Africans are reckless, are taking the law into their own hands, by deliberately disobeying the law," Peters said.

"If you go and drive on the road speeding that is against the law, if drive a vehicle that is not road worthy that is against the law.

"If you drive with a license that is not legally procured, that is against the law."

The department is working on a no-nonsense approach for the year ahead.

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“The first thing we are doing is to make sure that illegally procured licenses are actually cancelled, secondly we deal with corruption in our own system."

"We will work with department of justice to make sure that there is convictions,” Peters added.

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